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Thomas Tallis & William Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575

Tallis / Byrd / Alamire
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Obsidian Records   Catalog #: 706   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas TallisWilliam Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


David Skinner and his Alamire vocal ensemble are building an impressive discography, and this new recording begins a new project—a 30-volume Library of English Music from the High Middle Ages to the Commonwealth. Here they present Tallis and Byrd’s Cantiones Sacrae “in its entirety” and “in the original order intended by the composers.” For these performances Skinner drew from an original copy of the 1575 set of “sacred songs”, plus reputable modern editions of the music. For practical reasons, some transpositions of pitch and other adjustments were required for modern performance, and Skinner explains the details of his decisions in the excellent liner notes. As we’ve come to expect from this
Read more group, the singing and style are as well-wrought, finely tuned, and expressively interpreted as we could hope for. And the sound, from the ideal acoustics of Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle, complements and enlivens music that indeed might have been heard in this private family chapel back in the composers’ own time.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Salvator mundi, salva nos I by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Absterge Domine by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
In manus tuas by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur: Emendemus in melius by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Libera me, Domine, et pone me juxta te by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
Peccantem me quotidie by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Blessed be thy name by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
O nata lux de lumine by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9.
O sacrum convivium by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
Liber primus sacrarum cantionum: Aspice Domine de sede sancta tua by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Written: pub 1589 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur: Attolite portas by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
12.
Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur: O lux, beata Trinitas by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Derelinquat impius by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
14.
Dum transisset Sabbatum by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
15.
Honor, virtus et potestas by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
Sermone blando angelus by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
17.
Cantiones, quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur: Laudate, pueri, Dominum by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
18.
O Lord, give ear by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
19.
Siderum rector by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
20.
Te lucis ante terminum by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
21.
Te lucis ante terminum II by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
22.
Salvator mundi, salva nos II by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
23.
Candidi facti sunt Nazarei by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
24.
Da mihi auxilium by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
25.
Domine, secundum actum meum by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
26.
Diliges Dominum by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
27.
In jejunio et fletu by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
28.
Suscipe quaeso by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
29.
Miserere mihi, Domine by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
30.
Tribue Domine by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 
31.
Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
32.
Miserere nostri by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Skinner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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