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Tallis: Missa Salve Intemerata / David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir


Release Date: 02/12/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55400   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas TallisAnonymous
Performer:  Philip Scriven
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tallis’s Missa Salve intemerata – one of his earliest surviving compositions – has until recently suffered from a deficient tenor part. It is recorded here in an edition that uses the votive antiphon on which it is based. And although this version from the Winchester Cathedral Choir is not a liturgical reconstruction of the Mass, its sections provide an effective frame for the interleaved Marian motets and Sarum chant Propers. Vivid acoustics and mellifluous phrasing in the plainsong pieces evoke a calming contemplative atmosphere. In contrast, Hill carefully balances the upper and lower voices in Tallis’s jubilant polyphony, allowing the expressive details and key events in the course of the Mass to make their impact naturally. The pleas Read more for mercy in the Gloria, the narration of Christ’s crucifixion in the Credo, the urgently devotional singing in the Sanctus and the affectionate tranquillity in the Agnus Dei are deeply touching. The Winchester choristers are likewise effective in expressing this repertoire’s spiritual exuberance. The exemplary tonal finesse and beautifully judged dynamic response in the votive antiphon ‘Ave rosa sine spinis’ is striking. Elsewhere, they sing the Virgin’s praises in ‘Salve intemerata’ with irresistible verve, eloquently communicating Tallis’s lively delineation of the text’s abounding superlatives.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Nicholas Rast, BBC Music Magazine
Reviewing original release, Hyperion 67207
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
2.
Propter veritatem by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
3.
Beata Dei Genitrix Maria by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
4.
Nesciens mater by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1400 
Language: Latin 
5.
Ave regina caelorum by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 
6.
Beata viscera by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1300; England 
Language: Latin 
7.
Ave rosa sine spinis by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Language: Latin 
8.
Salve intemerata virgo by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Language: Latin 
9.
Mass à 5 "Salve intemerata" by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1540; England 
Language: Latin 
10.
Regina caeli by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 

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