Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Spem In Alium is surely not just the greatest of all Thomas Tallis's musical achievements, but one of the great musical compositions of all time. Written for 40 independent voices, this is a noble and monumental edifice, which in the course of its 69 longs makes creative and imaginitive use of the extensive musical palette.
Using sophisticated modern multi-tracking technology (and considerable organisational skills) the King's Singers divide the prodigious 40 vocal parts between just the six of them, creating a balanced performance, with no weak voices, no wrong notes or rhythms, and with everyone singing on the beat. Technology
aside, this is a truly remarkable recording that stands comfortably alongside more traditional performances.
Half of this short disc is the single work "Spem in Alium" and the other half contains interviews with the King's Singers.
Recorded at Angel Studios, London. October 2004
Countertenors: David Hurley, Robin Tyson
Tenor: Paul Phoenix
Baritones: Philip Lawson, Chris Gabbitas
Bass: Stephen Connolly
Works on This Recording
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Robin Tyson (Countertenor),
Paul Phoenix (Tenor),
Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone),
Philip Lawson (Baritone),
Stephen Connolly (Bass),
David Hurley (Countertenor)
Written: after 1559; England
Venue: Angel Studios, London, England
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs.
Notes: Angel Studios, London, England (10/19/2004 - 10/20/2004)
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