11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2013
Released to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Tallis Scholars on 3 November 2013 this album has gone straight to number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart and is the highest non-crossover album in the Classical Artists Chart.
Reviewing the album on BBC Radio 3 CD Review Andrew McGregor said "it's a thrilling sound ... you can see why Peter Phillips choose the Taverner, it's a great display piece for the ensemble ... in this Taverner Mass and the 3 Magnificat settings The Tallis Scholars are unsurpassed".
Paul Driver in The Sunday Times described the "impeccable purity of sound, with ecstatic results" and Robert Levett in International Review Review said "it's quite simply stunning".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2014
Having acquired the excellent series of Taverners' works by the Sixteen I hesitated before buying this version by the Tallis Scholars. I do not regret my purchase.
This is an exceptional performance especially by the two trebles of an early Tudor masterpiece. Long flowing melodies building to a glorious crescendo in the Gloria and Credo followed by the lovely Sanctus / Benedictus and finishing with the sublime Agnus Dei. The CD also contains the three Magnificats exceptional works themselves reflecting different styles. The five voice is said to be the earliest of the three, "late medieval" in style and scored for the lower voices. The six voice bears more resemblence to the composition found in the mass.
Through the beautiful and complex music of Taverner the Tallis scholars are able to demonstrate their exceptional talent. The acoustics of Merton College are outstanding and this adds even more to the enjoyment.
I would also recommend series by the Sixteen of Taverners works. Five star music at a budget price.
on 2 March 2015
An excellent recording, by an excellent choir this Taverner work provides a great background sound for relaxing or work (on my Sony mp3 player). I would say that this is an essential addition to any cd collection including choral works, along with Tallis' Spem in allium. Good value and definitely worth the money.