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Tudor Church Music Vol 2 / Phillips, Tallis Scholars


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Gimell   Catalog #: 210   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John SheppardThomas TallisRobert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"There is such a wealth of beautiful music here, excellently performed and recorded. It comes on four very well-filled CDs offered as 2-for-1 packages. See Volume 1 Tudor Church Music Vol 1 / Phillips, Tallis Scholars I scarcely know where to begin, except to recommend both sets in the strongest possible terms and to make them my joint Bargain of the Month.

The ubiquitous Western Wynde tune appears as the cantus firmus of a third Mass, on CD1 of Volume 2, by John Sheppard, where it joins the contents of another Sheppard CD, CDGIM016. The major challenge comes from The Sixteen on Hyperion – one of two Dyad 2CDs-for-1 sets of Sheppard’s
Read more music, CDD22022, on which Latin works, including the Western Wynde Mass, are juxtaposed with later music for the Anglican service. The Sixteen are marginally faster than the Tallis Scholars in the Mass, though by a smaller margin than in the Taverner – there’s a mere seven-second difference in the Agnus Dei, for example. It’s swings and roundabouts between the two groups – and both are now offered at effectively bargain price. If there’s anything in it, the actual Western Wynde tune comes over slightly more clearly against the polyphonic texture on the Gimell recording. If I hadn’t long ago bought three of the four Sheppard/Sixteen CDs when they were issued separately at full price, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase CDD22022 or its companion disc to complement the Gimell recordings.

The Tallis Scholars round off the two volumes with three pieces by their namesake and seven by Robert White. If you are wondering why there is so little Tallis on these two volumes, Gimell have already released two excellent earlier 2-CD sets of The Tallis Scholars singing the music of William Byrd (CDGIM208) and his mentor Thomas Tallis (CDGIM203). There’s Taverner, Byrd, Tallis and William Munday, too, on The Tallis Scholars Live in Oxford (CDGIM998), another first-class recording which I intend to review in my November 2008 Download Roundup. Go for one or both of these joint gold-medallists among Tudor composers first, if you don’t already have recordings of their music. The two new sets offer the very worthy silvers and bronzes.

Robert White, the youngest of the composers on these two sets, is perhaps the most neglected of all those represented here. As far as I am aware, only one CD completely devoted to his music exists (Henry’s Eight on Meridian CDE84313), though individual works are included in anthologies, for example on Treasures of Tudor England (Coro COR16056) where The Sixteen sing two works included on the Tallis Scholars’ selection, the 5-part Lamentations and Christe qui lux es IV, together with music by Parsons and Tye – see review. Unusually, the Scholars offer slightly brisker performances of both works, but once again I could happily live with either.

Everything about these new Gimell reissues is high quality – performances, recordings, notes and presentation. The multi-lingual notes are excellent, if rather brief – to have amplified them would have made the booklets too fat; they’re already hard to get back in the case. The Holbein illustrations on the covers, labels and inserts set the seal on the enterprise.

Anyone who buys Gimell's 2-CD sets will have acquired a very sound base on which to build a library of this wonderful music."

-- Brian Wilson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Media vita by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 21 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Christe redemptor omnium by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Reges Tharsis et insulae by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Sacris solemniis iuncta sit gaudia by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
In manus tuas Domine no 1 by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
In manus tuas Domine no 2 by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
7.
In manus tuas Domine no 3 by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Verbum caro factum est by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Mass "Western Wynde" by John Sheppard
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 19 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10.
In jejunio et fletu by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
O praise the Lord (2nd version) by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12.
O nata lux de lumine by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
13.
Magnificat by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 14 Minutes 48 Secs. 
14.
Christe qui lux es III by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
15.
Christe qui lux es IV by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
16.
In manus tuas by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
17.
Porcio mea, Domine by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
18.
Precamur, sancte Domino (3rd Setting) by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
19.
Precamur, sancte Domino (4th Setting) by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
20.
Exaudiat te, Dominus by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
21.
Lamentations of Jeremiah a 5 by Robert White
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 22 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

In jejunio et fletu (Tallis)
Exaudiat te, Dominus (White)

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