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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant re-issue, 23 Mar. 2008
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tallis Scholars Sing Josquin (Audio CD)
This is a fabulous re-issue of two of the Tallis Scholars' finest discs, with the addition of two magnificent motets from other discs. Josquin is the undisputed master of Flemish polyphony in the late 15th- and early 16th centuries, and remains in my view one of the very greatest composers ever to have lived. The Tallis Scholars sing his music magnificently and these discs are unsurpassed by anything in the catalogue.

The first of the two is their legendary recording of the Missa Pange Lingua and Missa Mi-mi which won the Gramophone Record of the Year Award for 1986 and remains the only Early Music disc ever to have done so. It's a stunner - beautiful, beautiful sound and clarity of line which makes each part distinct while blending perfectly with the others, all of which brings out the best in truly great music. In addition you get the Tallis Scholars' unrivalled performance of the great motet Praeter rerum seriem (originally from the disc featuring the mass which Cipriano de Rore based on the motet) which alone would be worth buying a double CD for, and Josquin's beautiful, haunting setting of Ave Maria.

And I think the second disc is even better. It contains the two masses Josquin based on the chanson L'Homme Arme, and it has been one of my Desert Island Discs ever since I bought it in 1989. The whole thing is simply sublime, and the third Agnus Dei in the second mass is, to me, five minutes of what Heaven sounds like.

You cannot go wrong with this set. It's an absolute bargain at the price and you get two of the greatest recordings of Renaissance polyphony in the catalogue for your money. If you are at all interested in this repertoire, buy it. I bought both discs at full price when they came out and never regretted a single penny. I promise that you won't either.

(You might be interested, too, in the reissue of The Hilliard Ensemble's recordings of Josquin which are also excellent and a real bargain (Josquin - Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae / Motets). They make an excellent complement to this set.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are blessed indeed, 2 Feb. 2011
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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I purchased this set very soon after my first experience of Josquin courtesy of The Hilliard Ensemble (and incidentally I agree with the reviewer Sid Nuncius that the two sets complement each other well). They got me hooked, and have since gone on to acquire numerous Josquin offerings by many other outfits, including the Orlando Consort, Dufay Ensemble and De Labyrintho, amongst several others, whether presenting the same or different material.

We are blessed indeed when it come to recordings of Josquin, for even though there are other discs I would rescue ahead of this on fleeing a burning house (Missa Hercules Dux Ferrara, Miserere, Motets (De Labyrintho), Motets (Orlando Consort) & Various (Dufay Ensemble)), this is still good enough to get a definite five stars without hesitation.

These two discs provide a fine introduction to Josquin, and are a definite bargain. Packaged in single jewel case along with booklet providing notes with lyrics and translations in English, French & German.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Renaissance masterpiece, 16 Mar. 2015
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The Tallis scholars rarely disappoint, and this record is no exception. Josquin's music represents one of the pinnacles of Renaissance polyphony, and in this recording Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars offer a selection of Masses by the master. The balance between the voices is superbly poised and the set represents a bargain that will provide hours of delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masses of sound, 27 Sept. 2014
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Gregory A. Johnson (USA) - See all my reviews
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Magnificent performance of some of Josquin's greatest works. The disc arrived even sooner than promised.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tallis score massive hit, 22 Jun. 2011
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Superb singing - very moving pieces - Josquin is a relatively unknown great composer - and the Tallis Scholars do his music full justice: totally recommend this recording
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