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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem., 25 Jun 2014
This review is from: R White - Tudor Church Music (Audio CD)
There seem to be very few recordings of Whites' music. All the more reason to acqire this rare gem. Many reviewers have commented on the excellence of the Tallis Scholars. Suffice it to say that a group does not enjoy an international reputation over forty years by chance.
The music itself is exceptional. The Magnificat, the first track, harks back in style to the early Tudor masters Taverner and Fayrfax. The Lamentations which close the CD give us over twenty minutes of sheer bliss. In between five beautiful motets of which my personal favourite is Exaudiat te Dominus. Starting with a trio the piece grows in intensity with five parts before ending in a sublime wall of sound of seven voices and exploding with a magnificent protracted Amen. Brilliant.
Like his contemporary Robert Parsons, White belongs to a "lost" generation sandwiched between the giants Tallis and Byrd. Both died in tragic circumstances in their mid 30s (Parsons drowned in the Trent, White carried away by the plague).
This CD and the excellent "Sacred Music by Robert Parsons" (the Cadinall's Musick) are an absolute must. These two tragic geniuses deserve a place amongst the great composers of a golden era in English music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complementary to Henry's Eight - The Greatest Glory of our Muses, 10 Jun 2013
This review is from: R White - Tudor Church Music (Audio CD)
This is more sound and very reliable singing from the Tallis Scholars, and importantly includes repertoire not otherwise generally recorded - having only the Exaudiat te Dominus in common, for example with the outstanding Henry's Eight recording The Greatest Glory of our Muses referred to in the title. (This is also my reproach of the otherwise also really excellent Gallicantus recording - most of the music selected by them has been recorded elsewhere).

Logically I should perhaps have given it 4 stars because (for my taste) there is too much vibrato in the men's voices on this recording. But that is my taste. The ensemble, recording, quality of singing are all of the extremely high standard that the Tallis Scholars always deliver.

It would be nice to hear more (i.e. additional repertoire) of Robert White recorded. Although we will not hear from the very wonderful Henry's Eight again, I would love to hear Alamire sing Robert White - I am sure it would be very impressive.

(I would agree with the Amazon USA reviewer that the Magnificat and the Lamentations are particularly fine - also the longest pieces on this recording).

Other recordings of Robert White include, for example: on 'Puer Natus Est. Tudor Music For Advent and Christmas' (Stile Antico) the Magnificat, and also by Stile Antico on 'Music for Compline' Christe, qui lux es et dies (also available by The Sixteen on 'Treasures of Tudor England'.
There are a number of versions of the Lamentations: Oxford Camerata 'Lamentations', aslso by Magnificat, on 'Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang', by the Huelgas Ensemble on 'Lamentations de la Renaissance', and by The Cardinall's Music/Andrew Carwood, on 'Music at All Soul's, Oxford'.
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