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Various: Sacred Music in the Renaissance Vol. 2 (Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus/ Missa De Apostolis) Box set

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  • Conductor: Phillips
  • Composer: various
  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Gimmell
  • ASIN: B0044ZQ8QW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Missa Et ecce terrae motus (Antoine Brumel)
  2. Missa de Apostolis (Heinrich Isaac)

Disc: 2

  1. Missa Maria zart (Jacob Obrecht)
  2. Tota pulchra es (Heinrich Isaac)

Disc: 3

  1. Lamentations I (Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder)
  2. Lamentations I (Thomas Tallis)
  3. Lamentations II (Thomas Tallis)
  4. Lamentations (Antoine Brumel)
  5. Lamentations (5vv) (Robert White)
  6. Lamentations for Holy Saturday(Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
  7. Descendi in hortum meum (Cipriano de Rore)

Disc: 4

  1. Missa Praeter rerum seriem (Cipriano de Rore)
  2. Requiem (Manuel Cardoso)

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The Tallis Scholars finest recordings presented in this the second of three volumes, one for each decade, and each offering over five hours of the award-winning performances that helped establish the sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of western classical music.

Review

I remember the first time I heard the Tallis Scholars: 1980, Allegri's Miserere, the voices perfectly framed in the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, and the ethereal beauty of Alison Stamp's solo treble soaring into the acoustic - all for £1.99 on a Classics for Pleasure LP. It still sounds so fresh, and a perfect opening for this 30th birthday celebration. Volume 2 brings the best of the 1990s, and opens with another essential recording: Brumel's Earthquake Mass, and 12 vocal parts teeming with incident and detail, yet remaining crystal clear. The disc of Lamentations is devastatingly beautiful, and the riches of Renaissance Portugal are celebrated in Cardoso's Requiem, performed here with ecstatic stillness. Recording quality is superb throughout, and presentation is excellent with notes in three languages, and a fourth booklet in each box for texts. The sequencing has been done with real care, and for an overview of Sacred Music in the Renaissance, this could be all you need. Yes, for some the Tallis Scholars are too clean, too objective. Too perfect? That's a problem I wish I had more often. --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'10

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By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2012
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I bought this mainly for Brumel's Earthquake Mass, which I heard performed in part by The Sixteen. Appetite whetted, I wanted to hear the whole mass and, knowing I like The Tallis Scholars, this looked like a good economical way to get it, plus quite a bit more besides.

I'm glad I did, as the music's uniformly excellent. In the end disc three, mostly comprising Lamentations by various composers (inc. Tallis, Brumel, White, Palestrina and others) is actually my current favourite. Competing, in my view, with the quite different but superb Ensemble Organum for the 'best and most interesting early music vocal ensemble' (their Spem In Alium certainly is amongst the most affecting, so good I've gifted it many times) I find their approach somehow a little more moving and engaging than either The Sixteen or Stylo Antico. In a field where interpretation is so important, and potentially contentious, the Tallis Scholars get it just right, to my ears. And, as prolific reviewer 'Sid Nuncius' also points out in another review here, these decade themed 4-disc 'best of' sets collect great material and are superb value.

A winner, methinks.
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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2011
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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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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2010
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This is a fantastic set of four CDs, the second of three released by the Tallis Scholars to mark 30 years of recordings. Volume 2 is a selection from the 1990s, 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.

The set opens with Brumel's stunning "Earthquake Mass" - a sort of 12-voice Renaissance Wall Of Sound which overwhelmed me the first time I heard it and still does every time I play it (which is often), and every work in this set is an absolute gem. I could enthuse at length about each of them individually, but that would make this review far too long. Every one of them is a treasure of my collection and this set is varied, beautiful and engaging. (Just try the opening of Isaac's Tota pulchra es, for example, and I'll bet you won't be able to move until it's finished.)

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reissues 17 Mar. 2011
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic set of four CDs, the second of three released by the Tallis Scholars to mark 30 years of recordings. Volume 2 is a selection from the 1990s, 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.

The set opens with Brumel's stunning "Earthquake Mass" - a sort of 12-voice Renaissance Wall Of Sound which overwhelmed me the first time I heard it and still does every time I play it (which is often), and every work in this set is an absolute gem. I could enthuse at length about each of them individually, but that would make this review far too long. Every one of them is a treasure of my collection and this set is varied, beautiful and engaging. (Just try the opening of Isaac's Tota pulchra es, for example, and I'll bet you won't be able to move until it's finished.)

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Calming and rejuvenating 29 Aug. 2013
By RJS - Published on Amazon.com
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A welcome respite when times get too frenzied, the music of the Tallis Scholars is simultaneously calming and rejuvenating. Highly recommended. All three volumes are remarkable sets of recordings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Jan. 2015
By Juanita Lenore - Published on Amazon.com
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very well done production of excellent music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Medieval Coral Music. 23 Aug. 2013
By Edwardus, III - Published on Amazon.com
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The Tallis Scholars are almost as great on this CD as they are in person. The clarity of the voices makes the intertwining of the voices a thing of beauty and definitely a joy forever.
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