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Tallis: Audivi Vocem; Tye, Sheppard, Etc / Hilliard Ensemble


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 001127402   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas TallisChristopher TyeJohn Sheppard
Performer:  Steven HarroldDavid JamesRobert [Bass Voice] MacDonaldGordon Jones,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews



If only all history lessons were delivered as beautifully as this one

The Hilliards here return to familiar territory with a programme of Tallis, Tye and Sheppard. While the territory may be familiar, however, not all of its landmarks are, and neither is their disposition – this is an extremely well organised disc, surveying the impact that the musical aspects of the Reformation had in the first instance on English composers (what David Skinner aptly describes as “that musicologically grey period in the last decades of Henry VIII’s reign”). Thus, while all the works by Tallis (In ieiunio et fletu, Te lucis ante terminum, Audivi vocem and Salvator mundi,
Read more the latter given a particularly beautiful performance) are well known, they are set in the context of much more recondite material.

The rarities from Sheppard include the early Gaudete celicole omnes, whose constant flow almost suggests at times a kind of English Gombert, and later, clearly Henrician works, such as the marvellously luminous hymn Eterne rex, altissime. The music by Tye includes Omnes gentes plaudite, which may perhaps be considered relatively known, but the four sections of the Missa sine nomine from the Peterhouse part-books (whose missing tenor part has been reconstructed by Skinner) will, I suspect, be unknown even to most connoisseurs of this period, precisely on account of the missing voice. I trust that these beautifully blended performances will help to change this state of affairs, for it is an extremely impressive work, heralding the new, compact and more declamatory style with consummate skill. An outstanding release.

-- Ivan Moody, Gramophone [10/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Audivi vocem by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor), Robert [Bass Voice] MacDonald (Bass),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
2.
In jejunio et fletu by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Robert [Bass Voice] MacDonald (Bass), Gordon Jones (Baritone),
Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
3.
Te lucis ante terminum by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
4.
Omnes gentes, plaudite by Christopher Tye
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
5.
Missa "Sine Nomine": Gloria by Christopher Tye
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
6.
Gaudete caelicole omnes by John Sheppard
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
7.
beati omnes by John Sheppard
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
8.
Missa "Sine Nomine": Credo by Christopher Tye
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
9.
Salvator mundi by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
10.
Laudate pueri Dominum by John Sheppard
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
11.
Missa "Sine Nomine": Sanctus by Christopher Tye
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
12.
Aeterne Rex altissime by John Sheppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
13.
Missa "Sine Nomine": Agnus Dei by Christopher Tye
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
14.
In pace in idipsum by Christopher Tye
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), David James (Countertenor), Robert [Bass Voice] MacDonald (Bass),
Steven Harrold (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
15.
Gaudete caelicole omnes by John Sheppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 

Sound Samples

In ieiunio et fletu
Te lucis ante terminum
Audivi vocem
Omnes gentes
Missa Sine Nomine: Gloria
Gaudete celicole omnes
Beati omnes
Missa Sine Nomine: Credo
Salvator mundi, Domine
Laudate pueri Dominum
Missa Sine Nomine: Sanctus
Eterne rex, altissime
Missa Sine Nomine: Agnus Dei
In pace, in idipsum

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