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Tallis/Tye/Sheppard - Audivi vocem


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Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble’s inspired collaboration began in 1993 with the groundbreaking recording Officium and has resulted in consistently inventive music making ever since. At that first meeting Garbarek’s saxophone, soaring as a free-ranging ‘fifth voice’ with the a cappella Ensemble, gave the first indications of the musical scope and emotional power ... Read more in Amazon's Hilliard Ensemble Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B00165QNZO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In ieiunio et fletu (Thomas Tallis)
2. Te lucis ante terminum (Thomas Tallis)
3. Audivi vocem (Thomas Tallis)
4. Omnes gentes plaudite (Christopher Tye)
5. Gloria Missa Sine Nomine (Christopher Tye)
6. Gaudete celicole (John Sheppard)
7. Beati omnes (John Sheppard)
8. Credo Missa Sine Nomine (Christopher Tye)
9. Salvator mundi, Domine (Thomas Tallis)
10. Laudate pueri (John Sheppard)
11. Sanctus Missa Sine Nomine (Christopher Tye)
12. Eterne rex (John Sheppard)
13. Agnus Dei Missa Sine Nomine (Christoperh Tye)
14. In pace in idipsum (Christoperh Tye)

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After the enormous success last year of their recording of 'Bach Motets', the Hilliard Ensemble turn their attention to music of the English Renaissance and specifically, works by three 16th century composers, Tallis, Tye and Sheppard. While Christopher Tye might be branded one of the lesser-known figures of the English Renaissance, and John Sheppard perhaps the more esoteric, Thomas Tallis stands as the most important and accomplished musician of the Tudor period. All three, however, were masters of polyphony, associated with the Chapel Royal.

The music here is not a sampling of the (much-recorded) music for the new Prayer Book but a survey of the earliest examples of the impact of reform on musical composition, namely from the last decades of Henry VIII's reign. The works of Tallis, Tye and Sheppard are alternated and contrasted throughout this beautifully constructed recital, recorded, like many of the Hilliard Ensemble's CDs, in the splendid, crystal-clear acoustics of the Sankt Gerold monastery in the Austrian Alps. Tallis has long been an inspirational figure for the Hilliards, who had a huge success with their recording of his 'Lamentations of Jeremiah' in 1986 - one of their first ECM New Series discs - and also brought his music into their collaboration with Jan Garbarek on 'Mnemosyne'.

Personnel:
David James - (countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump - (tenor), Steven Harrold - (tenor), Gordon Jones - (baritone), Robert Macdonald - (bass)

Review

(4 stars) Spotless a capella work from this superb ensemble. Close recording brings out the mesmerising austerity...music to meditate by. -- Classic FM Magazine, (Emma Baker), August 2008

(5 stars) These well nigh impeccable performances, beautifully tuned as always with the Hilliards, are complemented by marvellous sound. -- Goldberg, (Brian Robins), August 2008

Evokes gorgeous sonic landscapes...such delicate complexity in their tones, that this really is beauty of a rarefied order...listen and luxuriate. -- Gramophone (Editor's Choice), (James Inverne), October 2008

If only all history lessons were delivered as beautifully as this one...beautifully blended performances...extremely impressive work. An outstanding release. -- Gramophone, (Ivan Moody), October 2008

The Hilliards present it with an unpretentious confidence that enables one to focus entirely on the music, which it thoroughly deserves. -- Early Music Review, (Clifford Bartlett), June 2008

Yet another magnificent release from a fine vocal outfit whose diversity of repertoire and sheer longevity never cease to amaze. -- International Record Review, (Robert Levett), July/August 2008

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 2 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a really fine disc of church music from three of England's finest composers of the 16th Century. It is fabulously beautiful and chosen from the last decades of the reign of Henry VIII to illustrate the rapidly changing religious practice of those times and its effect on the music written for worship, making a varied and interesting programme, consisting of Tye's Missa Sine nomine interspersed with very fine motets by Tallis and Sheppard.

Whether or not you like this disc depends on whether you like the distinctive sound of the Hilliard ensemble. I love it and think this is one of their loveliest discs - it reminds me of their wonderful disc of Tallis's Lamentations and Four Voice Mass The Lamentations of Jeremiah, which has been a favourite of mine for many, many years. They sing at a low pitch, with the top line taken by David James's distinctive, plangent countertenor and the recording sounds as though the microphone is placed some distance from the singers. This gives a haunting, rather spare sound which sounds to me as though it is coming from a hidden cloister of a plain but beautiful ancient stone church, rather than the rounder, Cathedral-filling sound of The Tallis Scholars or Stile Antico, for example. I also have their recordings of many of the motets sung here and love them too, in their different ways. This disc is equally beautiful and evocative, but evocative of different things and, to me, a wholly different musical experience.

It's a very beautiful rewarding disc, with excellent recorded sound and first-rate notes by David Skinner, and highly recommended.
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Audivi Vocem 18 Sep 2011
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Audivi Vocem is a 2008 ECM Records GmbH recording featuring the Hilliard Ensemble. David Skinner has written the music notes. The lyrics are available in Latin and English. Truly an amazing recording. Highly recommended indeed. 5/5.
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