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Tallis: Spem in Alium /The Tallis Scholars  Phill&hellip ~ The Tallis Scholars
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
The Tallis Scholars made something of a splash with this disc. There wasn't a decent Spem recording on the market when it was released. Now there a many, most of which are better. The main flaw of this recording is the pitch. What was Philips thinking? The higher the better? A 40-part version of Allegri's Miserere? Tempo and dynamics are sound, as are the voices - 40 of the best session singers at the time.
Unlike the 'music fan' from Edinburgh, I found not a single work by Taverner. All Tallis motets follow. Salvator mundis are both great. Loquebantur was a favourite encore for the Scholars, and they perform it with verve. But the winner - Gaude gloriosa; by far the best work on the… Read more
Lassus - Missa Osculetur me ~ Orlande de Lassus
Lassus - Missa Osculetur me ~ Orlande de Lassus
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Double choir masses and motets can be something of a bore. Cori spezzati in lesser compositions has homophonic passages hot on the heels of each other, the text treated concisely. Lassus's Missa Osculetur me, a parody mass of his own motet (also on this recording) is something quite special in that the polyphony is maintained at a fever pitch throughout. There are a few movements with reduced forces down to a single choir (Christe & Crucifixus notably), and there is no change in the rolling, tumbling, exciting and utter sumptiousness of the polyphony. No wonder the Agnus is performed twice - it's so beautiful. I've listened to this CD many times without ever losing interest. This mass… Read more
Motets From The Italian Renaissance (Isaak Ensembl&hellip ~ Isaak Heidelberg Ensemble
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The last truly great period of musical patronage from the church was that of the beginning of the 17th century in Northern Italy, notably Venice. Here the ideals of the nuove musiche were transposed on to the motet genre bringing about a brand new, solo voice with continuo approach to church music. Many of the greatest names from this repertoire are present on this CD, with the (presumably intended) absence of Monteverdi.
It's all wonderful music, that is so inventive and often passionate, but strangely infrequently recorded. This CD has a mix of instrumental pieces and motets setting texts from the Canticum canticorum (Song of Songs): love poetry that forms part of the Old Testament… Read more

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