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Tallis: Spem in Alium / Summerly, Oxford Camerata


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557770   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording of Spem in alium was made using ‘surround sound’ (available on Naxos SACD 6.110111 and DVD-A 5.110111). The forty voices were arranged to form four sides of a huge St-Chad cross: Choirs 1 & 2 to the West, 3 & 4 to the North, 5 & 6 to the East, and 7 & 8 to the South. The recording was made to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Tallis’s birth and the 21st birthday of Oxford Camerata — old members of Oxford Camerata met with their new counterparts for this performance of Tallis’s masterpiece.

"From time to time a disc comes across the desk
Read more that is so superior that you have to fish for criticisms...it is beautifully sung. Crystalline tone, superior enunciation and clarity of line make this one of the most memorable performances of a mass ordinary that I have ever heard...This is a complete winner... Buy it soon; it is a spiritual experience." -- Kevin Sutton, MusicWeb International, June 2005

"This is a very satisfying disc, which I enjoyed greatly. It's a very appropriate celebration of the significant contribution that Jeremy Summerly and Oxford Camerata have made to the success of the Naxos label...I'm very happy to recommend this fine disc in its own right but as an anniversary celebration it's doubly welcome. Ad multos annos to both Oxford Camerata and Naxos!"-- John Quinn, MusicWeb International, September 2005

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Works on This Recording

1.
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/21/2005 - 01/23/2005) 
2.
Salve intemerata virgo by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/21/2005 - 01/23/2005) 
3.
Discomfort them, O Lord by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/21/2005 - 01/23/2005) 
4.
Mass à 5 "Salve intemerata" by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1540; England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/21/2005 - 01/23/2005) 
5.
I call and cry to thee by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/21/2005 - 01/23/2005) 
6.
Salvator mundi, salva nos I by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Venue:  All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This is Tallis' own adaptation of this motet to fit the English text "With all our hearts..."
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, England (01/21/2005 - 01/23/2005) 

Sound Samples

Spem in alium
Mass, "Salve intemerata": Salve intemerata
Mass, "Salve intemerata": Gloria
Mass, "Salve intemerata": Credo
Mass, "Salve intemerata": Sanctus
Mass, "Salve intemerata": Agnus Dei
With all our hearts: With all our heart
Discomfort them, O Lord
I call and cry to thee: O Lord

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