46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Another gem from the Tallis Scholars,
This review is from: The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis / Spem In Alium (Audio CD)
I have found "You can't go wrong with The Tallis Scholars" to be a pretty reliable guide over the last 30 years. This double CD is a re-issue of the best of their 3 discs of Tallis's music from the 1980s, and bears that out fully.
This is my favourite version of the great 40-part motet Spem in alium - and that's against some pretty stiff competition, too. Similarly, Gaude gloriosa is magnificently sung, and the smaller-scale works are exquisite. I intend, quite seriously, to have this version of Miserere nostri played at my funeral - it is indescribably beautiful and moving. There are also lovely versions of many of Tallis's English Anthems, including the tune from Archbishop Parker's Psalter upon which Vaughan Williams based his famous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. It's a gem of a double CD.
The Lamentations of Jeremiah is very well sung, but I have to say that, even as a very long-term Tallis Scholars fan, I prefer the recently reissued version by The Taverner Consort Tallis: Spem in alium ∑ Latin Church Music /Taverner Consort & Choir ∑ Parrott. Nevertheless, this set is very warmly recommended as a marvellous collection of some of the finest recordings of Tallis available, and at a bargain price. You really can't go wrong.