Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (4)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superlative re-issue from the Tallis Scholars, 17 April 2010
By 
Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
(HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)    (TOP 10 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Flemish Masters (Audio CD)
This is another absolutely superlative double CD in the series of re-issued classic Tallis Scholars recordings. It is a sublimely beautiful collection of five mass settings by five different composers, and the title Flemish Masters is no exaggeration. It is a beautiful and varied selection of works roughly spanning the century from 1475 to 1575 and shows how composing styles varied and developed in that period. The works are:

Heinrich Isaac - Missa de Apostolis; a beautifully sonorous six-voice setting from around 1500 with alternate chant and polyphonic writing,

Johannes Ockeghem - Missa Au travail suis; the earliest of the settings with a spare and lovely four-voice sound,

Orlandus Lassus - Missa Osculetur me; a fabulously sonorous setting for double choir from around 1570,

Cipriano de Rore - Missa Praeter rerum seriem; a wonderful mass based on Josquin's magnificent motet Praeter rerum seriem, and

Antoine Brumel - Missa Et ecce terrae motus; this twelve-voice setting is known as The Earthquake Mass because it uses as a basis the Easter plainsong Et ecce terrae motus whose text describes the earthquake after Christ's death, but it could equally apply to the effect of the sheer power and sonority of the setting. It is stunning music (a real Wall Of Sound from the early 16th Century) and an absolute masterpiece.

The performances from the Tallis Scholars are uniformly outstanding. These are some of the recordings which have established them over the last 30 years as one of the world's very finest ensembles (some would say the finest) in this repertoire. They are technically peerless, they have a really beautiful fluency and distinctness of line while blending and interacting flawlessly, and have a wonderful empathy with the music and its relationship to the text.

I have owned the original five discs from which these masses are taken for years (since they came out in many cases) and they have been real favourites of mine ever since. At this price for two magnificent discs you can't go wrong and I recommend this set in the warmest possible terms.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 disc set, 30 Oct 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Flemish Masters (Audio CD)
I can only heartily agree with the previous reviewer. An amazing bargain: 2 cd's of 5 masses originally released with motets as 5 individual cd's in the late 1980's and early 1990's. I have almost worn out my original copy of Brumel's masterly Earthquake Mass. I have a vast classical cd collection and this cd (Brumel) would truly be my Desert Island ultimate choice. The performances on these recordings are superlative. Enjoy!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Tallis Scholars compilations, 23 Jun 2013
By 
Mike Davey (St Georges, Telford) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Flemish Masters (Audio CD)
This is one of the Tallis Scholars' re-packaged double CDs and for me, one of the very best. These are indeed Flemish Masters - 5 of them, collated from the original CDs, which have long been amongst my favourite discs. To have these 5 great works on 2 CDs is just fabulous.

From the Ockeghem Missa Au Travail suis for 4 voices to the immense Brumel 12 voice Earthquake mass, we have the more austere to the full-blown polyphony of the High Renaissance and for me it is music to lift the spirits as it floods over you.

Overall, the Tallis Scholars are hard to beat, with superb ensemble singing and crisp, clear intonation. The packaging is also just wonderful, with each disc reproducing the Memling diptych portraits of the booklet. As usual with Gimell, the notes by Peter Phillips are so helpful but do not overload the listener with too much information.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great bargain, 2 Aug 2012
By 
Mr. Christopher Harris "Chris in Brum" (Birmingham UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Flemish Masters (Audio CD)
This is another set I bought on the basis of the recommendations of others and yet again I haven't been let down. I find the consensus views of Amazon customers very accurate!

To turn to the music, well wow! Wonderful singing wonderfully recorded. I particularly liked the Lassus "Missa osculetor me". If you like 15th/16th century polyphony don't hesitate. Buy it, put it on your CD player and luxuriate in the music.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cathedrals and Evensong, 10 Jan 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Flemish Masters (Audio CD)
For tones and deep moods of Cathedrals this is the very best. it fills vaulted knaves with warmth and creates roseate glass windows in the mind's eye. This is the Chartres of the Church's music.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Flemish Masters
Flemish Masters by Tallis Scholars (Audio CD - 2009)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews