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Tallis: Spem In Alium, Etc / Philip Cave, Magnificat

Tallis
Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 233  
Composer:  Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat ChoirMagnificat
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc celebrates Tallis’s early career in Catholic establishments, reflecting the penchant he acquired for Latin music during that time. Philip Cave and Magnificat are up against stiff competition in this repertoire from the likes of the Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen. And, although these groups share much the same personnel, issues of pitch and tempo create an often crucial difference of emphasis.

By performing Spem in alium a tone higher than the written pitch, for instance, The Sixteen’s expanded forces bring heightened brilliance and linear clarity to its complex monumental design. Magnificat’s fine sense of structure and warmly communicative account, by contrast, falls short of the hypnotically ethereal quality
Read more achieved by their rivals. In ‘Te lucis ad terminum’, meanwhile, their slower tempo and carefully shaped phrasing sounds static beside The Sixteen’s lively, smooth flowing version.

However, Magnificat’s comparatively coarse-grained and dark-hued texture suits the mood of the Lamentations well, delivering the exhortation for Jerusalem’s conversion with moving and sombre solemnity. Preference for this or The Sixteen’s altogether brighter and eloquently persuasive alternative will be a matter of personal taste.

In general, Cave’s perceptive interpretations and firm direction of his singers capture the spirit of this music effectively. Excellent recordings present the contrapuntal detail with vivid presence, heightening Tallis’s crunchy false-relations to illuminate, for example, the agony of the crucifixion in ‘Salvator mundi’. Magnificat’s well-focused ensemble elsewhere stirs spiritual thoughts in ‘O salutaris hostia’ and ‘Miserere’ and simple reverence in ‘In iejunio et fletu’ and Tallis’s beautifully restrained four-part Mass.

-- Nicholas Rast, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Te lucis ante terminum by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir,  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Salvator mundi by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir,  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir,  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1997 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
In jejunio et fletu by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir,  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
O praise the Lord (2nd version) by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir,  Magnificat
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Miserere nostri by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir,  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1997 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Mass à 4 by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir,  Magnificat
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1540; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Buckland, Ox 
Length: 20 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Lamentations of Jeremiah by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Buckland, Ox 
Length: 20 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Te lucis ante terminum
Salvator mundi
Spem in alium
In iejunio et fletu
O salutaris hostia
Lamentations of Jeremiah I
Lamentations of Jeremiah II
Miserere nostri
Mass for 4 Voices: Gloria
Mass for 4 Voices: Credo
Mass for 4 Voices: Sanctus
Mass for 4 Voices: Benedictus
Mass for 4 Voices: Agnus Dei

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