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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent disc, 26 Mar 2010
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Heavenly Harmonies - Byrd and Tallis (Audio CD)
This is an excellent disc of music by two of England's great composers of the 16th century. It juxtaposes some of Byrd's rich polyphony (from a defiantly recusant Catholic) with the Nine Tunes which Tallis wrote for Archbishop Parker's metrical rendering of the psalms. These settings were written to comply with Cranmer's injunction that, in newly Protestant England, music should set texts simply with one note to a syllable. They are indeed simple in that sense - short but remarkably beautiful in their melody and harmonic structure - and they complement the polyphony wonderfully. The programme on the disc works extremely well (and opens, by the way, with the Tune on which Vaughan Williams based his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis).

The performances are excellent. I already had these pieces sung by The Tallis Scholars and The Cardinall's Musick - two of the world's greatest ensembles - and Stile Antico hold their own very well beside them. Their intonation is impeccable, they have a lovely, rich sound and the acoustic has just the right resonance to make the pieces really glow. Most importantly, they have a terrific feel for the music. In the Byrd pieces, for example, the cock crows delightfully in Vigilate, the yearning "Iesualem, Ierusalem" in Ne irascares Domine is really moving, and the mighty motet Infelix Ego is simply spellbinding for the whole of its sixteen minutes. Tallis's Tunes are beautifully varied and their interposition among the polyphony makes me want to hear them all - far more so than when they are sung one after another - and the whole is a delight from start to finish.

This is a terrific disc, and is very warmly recommended indeed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly voices, 26 Nov 2008
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Alimac "Alison" (Southampton, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Heavenly Harmonies - Byrd and Tallis (Audio CD)
This is a marvellous follow up to their earlier release. I was fortunate enough to attend a singing masterclass with these guys and I can confirm that they are as good in the flesh as in the studio (no trickery used in recording). Their unique style includes no conductor so all of the singers have an input to the interpretation of any piece.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous CD, 3 Mar 2009
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Teemacs (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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I can only reinforce what Alimac has written - this is a worthy follow-up to "Compline", gorgeous music, gorgeously sung. If you like glorious music, arise, go forth and buy...now...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disc... 01 of 03..., 31 Mar 2014
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capezio "capezio" (Vitoria, ES Brazil) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Heavenly Harmonies - Byrd and Tallis (Audio CD)
The mith of 'The Desert Island Disc' (CD or LP) is hard to answer and maybe it doesn't exist alone.

Particulary if I have to decide now I'll pick this as first choice, Gardiner Haendel Messiah and a Bach concert CD.

Many will desagree and will choose others and it's really extremelly difficult to make a choice.

That said, this CD is shurelly wisely produced.

It intorpolates 'The 09 tunes for Achbishop Matthew' by Thallis, with 9 'Cantione Sacrae' of Byrd, creating an incredible atmosfere and coherent shift with one another.

The nine Psalm tunes form a group of 9 tunes of the Psalms 1, 68, 2, 95, 42, 5, 52, 67 and the Ordinal Veni Creator.

They last but a minute but are a pure reflective joy.

Among them, and the first track, we get the 'Third Tune' on Psalm 2 ("Why fum'th in sight...") that have on it's 5 last bars the theme rapted by Vaugham Williams to compose his 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Thallis' that either apear on the scene of the tempest on the 'Master and Commander' movie with Russel Krowe. Stunning!
On the web you can freelly find the scores of this tunes, so nice and so simple.

The Byrd's Cantione are either impressive moving and the whole CD is very desirable.

If you enjoy poliphonic and reflexive music, this is for you.

The performers.... well.... 13 strong among the best.

Shurelly one of the Desert Island Discs.

Highly recommended,

Capezio
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing Tallis music, 25 April 2013
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Haven't had a chance to get familiar with it yet but enjoyed the first play very much, typical Tallis haunting music.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is beauty? Stile Antico, 21 Dec 2009
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Although I recognize intellectually, and to some extent, emotionally, the quality and grandeur of English cathedral music, I do not find that it moves me deeply. It was with some surprise, then, that I found myself purchasing this CD after having heard Stile Antico on Radio 3. I am stunned by the quality and beauty of their singing, and deeply moved by some of their work. I attended a concert of theirs at Cambridge; reality matched the CD. I found particularly moving track 1 (the tune from which "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" ws taken) and track 4, which is simply sublime. One of the problems I have with English cathedral music is the boys. I have long believed that unity of form and content lies at the heart of good art, and I cannot accept that boys thinking of sports and sweets know in their hearts what transmigration of the soul and transubstantiation mean. I believe that, in addition to being naturally stronger, the character of a woman's voice can't help but be informed by adult experience of love, grief, joy, loss, and so on in a way which a boy's voice never can be. Stile Antico is the proof of this. The adult soul gives a deepness of meaning to their singing which I simply do not experience in the sound of boys' choirs.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music, 20 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Heavenly Harmonies - Byrd and Tallis (Audio CD)
I received the following music "Heavenly Harmonies - Byrd and Tallis" very quickly after the order was placed. Excellent service and very pleased with the product.
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