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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tallises still going strong, 6 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Josquin: Masses (Missa De Beata Virgine/ Missa Ave Maris Stella) (Audio CD)
Although I only became acquainted with them a couple of years ago, it's amazing to think that Peter Phillips founded The Tallis Scholars way back in 1973. Although the singing personnel has undergone some changes over the years, Phillips is still going strong, being a meticulous scholar, getting the very best out of his vocalists and producing top class music as evidenced by this new release. The good news is that Phillips has declared that he is still only half way through his projected recordings of Josquin, and with a wealth of other Renaissance composers' material they could tackle too we could be in for similar treats for many years to come yet. The bad news? Well there is no bad news.

These two canonic masses I have only previously heard in slightly substandard performances by French ensemble A Sei Voci, but here they get the treatment they deserve. Whilst not perhaps being Josquin's most immediately arresting works, repeated listening - and a bit of attunement to Phillips' admitted tendency towards "top heaviness" with the sopranos - will imbue the hearer with the full sense of their beauty. As always some brief but interesting notes are provided by Phillips, plus others by Renaissance music specialist Dr John Milsom. Full Latin sung texts provided with English, French & German translations.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2011, 00:36:47 GMT
Not sure if there's a venue near you Wisty with the Live at the Met in HD - but the next offering (21st January) is a New Opera put together from the music of Handel, Vivaldi and Rameau, and a libretto woven from a combination of The Tempest and Midsummer Night's Dream. It may or may not be your thing - there were a couple of pre-trailers (set design and orchestral bits) and it certainly whetted my appetite!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012, 22:17:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2012, 19:25:08 GMT
Thanks for these reviews, SN and ELW. You folks, and other Josquin fans, may well be interested in another lovely recording of the Missa Ave Maris Stella and some motets, Missa Ave Maris Stella Marian Motets, already available from amazon.de and due on our shores very soon.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012, 17:50:36 GMT
E. L. Wisty says:
Thanks Stephen, on pre-order. One can never have too many Josquin recordings!
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