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The Tallis Scholars Sing Palestrina


Release Date: 03/08/2005 
Label:  Gimell   Catalog #: 204   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni PalestrinaAnonymous
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although it's difficult to discern from the outer packaging, this two-disc Palestrina compilation is made from several earlier Tallis Scholars recordings, including the group's groundbreaking Missa Papae Marcelli from 1980. There's not much to say here that hasn't already been said regarding the performances, which are exemplary and remain the standard against which other choirs must be measured in this repertoire. If you have the original Gimell recordings--most of these appear on the four-disc set "The Palestrina 400 Collection" and also are available on several individual discs, then you don't really need this--unless you want all of these superb works (and performances) under one roof. My only slight caution is that the Missa Papae Read more Marcelli, the earliest-recorded of the selections, is somewhat brassy and harsh in loud passages--otherwise, the sound is excellent. If your collection lacks Palestrina, I can only surmise that the reason is you've been waiting for this release. So what are you waiting for? This is it. [3/22/2005]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Assumpta est Maria" by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter & Paul Church, Salle, Norfolk 
Length: 29 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Classical Greek and Latin. 
2.
Missa "Sicut lilium" by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1569; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter & Paul Church, Salle, Norfolk 
Length: 29 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Classical Greek and Latin. 
3.
Missa Brevis by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter & Paul Church, Salle, Norfolk 
Length: 21 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Classical Greek and Latin. 
4.
Missa "Papae Marcelli" by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1567; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter & Paul Church, Salle, Norfolk 
Length: 36 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Classical Greek and Latin. 
5.
Assumpta est Maria in caelum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  St. Peter & Paul Church, Salle, Norfolk 
Length: 0 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Assumpta est Maria by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter & Paul Church, Salle, Norfolk 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Sicut lilium inter spinas (1569) by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1569; Italy 
Venue:  St. Peter & Paul Church, Salle, Norfolk 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Lamentationum Hieremiae prophetae: Lesson 3 ("Incipit oratio") for Holy Saturday by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  St. Peter & Paul Church, Salle, Norfolk 
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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