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Various: Sacred Music in The Renaissance Volume 1 (Miserere/ Mass/ Ave Verum Corpus/ Requiem/ Versa Est In Luctum) [Box set]

Tallis Scholars Audio CD
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The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance ... Read more in Amazon's Tallis Scholars Store

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  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Composer: various
  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Gimell
  • ASIN: B00408MS8U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gregorio Allegri (15821652) Miserere (1980 recording) 12.32
2. William Byrd (1539/401623) Mass for five voices 22.28/ Ave verum corpus 4.15
3. Tomás Luis de Victoria (15481611) Requiem 35.21/ Versa est in luctum 3.57
Disc: 2
1. Spem in alium (40-part motet) 9.59
2. Sancte Deus 5.17
3. Salvator mundi, salva nos I 2.20
4. Salvator mundi, salva nos II 2.35
5. Gaude gloriosa 16.45
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Josquin Des Prez (c1450/551521) Missa La sol fa re mi 28.59
2. Jacob Clemens non Papa (c1510c1555) Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis 31.16 / Tribulationes civitatum 5.20
3. Thomas Crecquillon (c1505c1557) Pater peccavi 8.39
4. Jacob Clemens non Papa (c1510c1555) Ego flos campi 4.16
Disc: 4
1. John Sheppard (c15151558) Media vita 21.45
2. William Cornysh (died 1523) Salve regina 13.53/ Gaude virgo mater Christi 5.27
3. Plainchant Assumpta est Maria 0.24
4. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525/61594) Assumpta est Maria 7.13/ Missa Assumpta est Maria 29.50

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I remember the first time I heard the Tallis Scholars: 1980, Allegri's Miserere, the voices perfectly framed in the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, and the ethereal beauty of Alison Stamp's solo treble soaring into the acoustic - all for £1.99 on a Classics for Pleasure LP. It still sounds so fresh, and a perfect opening for this 30th birthday celebration. Volume 1 chronicles the first decade of The Tallis Scholars and their label Gimell. There's Allegri, a Byrd Mass, Victoria's Requiem, an entire disc of Thomas Tallis, then the Flemish school, before the then little-known names of Sheppard and Cornysh - at least alongside Palestrina, as they are here. Sheppard's Media vita is common currency these days for the likes of Stile Antico and The Sixteen, but it's still the Tallis Scholars to whom you turn for the essential purity and transparency of these complex textures. As Peter Phillips emphasises, this was always their goal: a guarantee of good tuning, blend, precision and clarity - and by having their own independent label, he would always have the time for as many takes and edits as it took to keep the magic that brings the music to life. . Recording quality is superb throughout, and presentation is excellent with notes in three languages, and a fourth booklet in each box for texts. The sequencing has been done with real care, and for an overview of Sacred Music in the Renaissance, this could be all you need. Yes, for some the Tallis Scholars are too clean, too objective. Too perfect? That's a problem I wish I had more often. --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'10

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Œuvres de Gregorio Allegri, William Byrd, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Thomas Tallis, Josquin Des Prez, Jacob Clemens non Papa, T. Crecquillon, J. Sheppard, W. Cornysh, Plainchant, G. Pierluigi da Palestrina / The Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips, direction

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb set 14 Feb 2011
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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To try to add to Sid Nuncius' review would seem like a waste of effort; one simply runs out of adjectives when speaking of the Tallis Scholars.

I will however remark on the excellence of presentation. So often with budget boxed set compilations or re-issues like this one, you get nothing more than the discs themselves. This set contains three separate booklets of notes in English, French and German respectively, plus a fourth booklet with the full sung texts along with information on each recording including date and personnel. The cardboard sleeve encompassing each disc contains a full track listing on the front. A first class effort by Gimell - other publishers take note. Furthermore, on importing to iTunes the entire content of three of the discs (excepting disc 2 which appears to be exactly the same as the first disc of an earlier compilation, namely The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis, and titled here accordingly) is incorporated into one single album title rather than being scattered about all over the shop.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous reissues 25 Nov 2010
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic set of four CDs, the first of three released by the Tallis Scholars to mark 30 years of recordings. Volume 1 is a selection from the 1980s, and genuinely does represent some of their finest recordings - which from the Tallis Scholars is really saying something. The track listings on this page give a good summary of the works included (Disc 2 is entirely devoted to Thomas Tallis, with a selection of his most beautiful Latin motets and simpler but no less lovely works for the English liturgy.) I have owned and loved all of the original discs from which these recordings are taken for many years, and together they form a magnificent set.

There are many well-known works here, like their seminal (and still, in my view, unsurpassed) 1980 recording of Allegri's Miserere, Tallis's Spem in alium, lovely mass settings by Byrd and Palestrina and Victoria's Requiem which is a strong contender for my Desert Island. The less well-known music is just as good, though. These recordings first introduced me to Clemens non Papa and Cornysh, for example, and I have loved them ever since.

As to the singing - it's magnificent. The Tallis Scholars trademark immaculate tuning, ideal blend and balance and crystal clarity are there throughout, as is their real engagement with the text. The recorded sound is impeccable and ideally suited to the group's sound, and the notes and full texts are excellent.

You simply can't go wrong at this price for four discs of magnificent music, beautifully sung. Very warmly recommended indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly. 31 Dec 2013
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I have always loved choral music but never took the plunge in buying any. I have heard lots of lovely singing on Classic FM so have heard The Tallis Scholars singing before. Buoyed by the other reviews on here ,I opted to buy these recordings. I'm really glad I did, the singing is sublime, perfect pitch, clarity of diction and polyphony at its very best.It is heavenly music in every sense of the word. Just beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reissues 17 Mar 2011
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic set of four CDs, the first of three released by the Tallis Scholars to mark 30 years of recordings. Volume 1 is a selection from the 1980s, and genuinely does represent some of their finest recordings - which from the Tallis Scholars is really saying something. The track listings on this page give a good summary of the works included (Disc 2 is entirely devoted to Thomas Tallis, with a selection of his most beautiful Latin motets and simpler but no less lovely works for the English liturgy.) I have owned and loved all of the original discs from which these recordings are taken for many years, and together they form a magnificent set.

There are many well-known works here, like their seminal (and still, in my view, unsurpassed) 1980 recording of Allegri's Miserere, Tallis's Spem in alium, lovely mass settings by Byrd and Palestrina and Victoria's Requiem which is a strong contender for my Desert Island. The less well-known music is just as good, though. These recordings first introduced me to Clemens non Papa and Cornysh, for example, and I have loved them ever since.

As to the singing - it's magnificent. The Tallis Scholars trademark immaculate tuning, ideal blend and balance and crystal clarity are there throughout, as is their real engagement with the text. The recorded sound is impeccable and ideally suited to the group's sound, and the notes and full texts are excellent.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of a comprehensive and compelling set 20 Oct 2013
By RJS - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first volume of a full set by the Tallis Scholars. An impressive and soothing collection. Excellent performances and high quality recording and production. Strongly recommended, especially if you need an antidote for a hectic world.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 13 Jan 2013
By Pat the cook - Published on Amazon.com
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These are perfect with a fire, a comfortable wing chair, a glass of sherry and some nuts and a blue cheese.
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