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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reissues, 25 Nov 2010
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Various: Sacred Music in the Renaissance Vol. 3 (Si Bona Suscepimus/ Magnificat/ Salve Regina/ Stabat Iuxta) (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic set of four CDs, the third of three released by the Tallis Scholars to mark 30 years of recordings. Volume 3 is a selection from 2000 - 2010, and genuinely does represent some of their finest recordings - which from the Tallis Scholars is really saying something. The track listings on this page give a good summary of the works included I have owned and loved all of the original discs from which these recordings are taken for many years, and together they form a magnificent set.

In this set Peter Philips has chosen from a small number of discs, preferring to include virtually complete original recordings rather than selections from a large number. This means that you get the complete contents of two of my favourite Tallis Scholars discs: the two fantastic Josquin masses on Disc 4 and possibly my favourite of all, the five motets by John Browne from the Eton Choirbook, which are simply sublime. The rest is absolutely terrific stuff, too, (although I have to take the Gombert Magnificats just one or two at a time) and the whole set is full of wonderful music.

As to the singing - it's magnificent. The Tallis Scholars' trademark immaculate tuning, ideal blend and balance and crystal clarity are there throughout, as is their real engagement with the text. The recorded sound is impeccable and ideally suited to the group's sound, and the notes and full texts are excellent.

You simply can't go wrong at this price for four discs of magnificent music, beautifully sung. Very warmly recommended indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb set, 14 Mar 2011
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Various: Sacred Music in the Renaissance Vol. 3 (Si Bona Suscepimus/ Magnificat/ Salve Regina/ Stabat Iuxta) (Audio CD)
A superb boxed set, containing many of the Tallis Scholars' finest, including material from some previously released discs in their entirety, namely Gombert - Magnificats 1-4, Gombert - Magnificats 5-8, Browne - Music from the Eton Choirbook and Josquin - Missa Malheur me bat & Missa Fortuna desperata. To try to add to Sid Nuncius' review would seem like a waste of effort; one simply runs out of adjectives when speaking of the Tallis Scholars.

I will however remark on the excellence of presentation. So often with budget boxed set compilations or re-issues like this one, you get nothing more than the discs themselves. This set contains three separate booklets of notes in English, French and German respectively, plus a fourth booklet with the full sung texts along with information on each recording including date and personnel. The cardboard sleeve encompassing each disc contains a full track listing on the front. Furthermore, on importing to iTunes the entire content of the discs is incorporated into one single album title rather than being scattered about all over the shop unlike most 'classical' sets. A first class effort by Gimell, great value and well presented - other publishers take note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner, I hope!, 19 Dec 2012
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Alan W. Barrow (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Various: Sacred Music in the Renaissance Vol. 3 (Si Bona Suscepimus/ Magnificat/ Salve Regina/ Stabat Iuxta) (Audio CD)
This will again be a gift for my wife at Christmas. I await her reaction to it, but I sincerely hope that she will be 'over the moon' when she opens her parcel. It seems just right for someone who loves sacred music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very generous bargain re-issue of glorious music, 23 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Various: Sacred Music in the Renaissance Vol. 3 (Si Bona Suscepimus/ Magnificat/ Salve Regina/ Stabat Iuxta) (Audio CD)
I can wholeheartedly endorse the previous reviews from Messrs Wisty and Nuncius. This box set contains very generously filled CDs full of glorious choral music from the Renaissance period, gloriously performed by the Tallis Scholars. The recording quality is of a very high standard. Presentation is first class, and the detailed notes on the music are well worth reading. Highly recommended.
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