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Tallis: Spem In Alium, Lamentations / Cleobury, King's College Choir

Tallis / Choir Of Kings College / Cleobury
Release Date: 07/27/2010 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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TALLIS Spem in alium. Lamentations I, II. Videte miraculum. Dum transisset Sabbatum. Honor virtus. Loquebantur variis linguis Stephen Cleobury, dir; King’s College Ch Cambridge NEWTON 8802002 (60: 09 Text and Translation)


This counts as breaking news, for it is one disc among the initial releases this June from a new Dutch label dedicated to reissuing worthy classical recordings from major labels. This was Argo 425199-2 ( Read more style="font-style:italic">Fanfare 14:5), only the 10th recording of the 40-voice motet Spem in alium , now a standard catalog item though more often recorded one voice to a part by vocal ensembles. The new note written for this reissue states that the recording was made as a successor to the “pioneering recording” under David Willcocks with the same choir for the same label. Actually, the pioneering version (a pair of 10-inch 78s) was directed by Michael Tippett for H.M.V. in 1949 when he was teaching at Morley College in London, though the later Willcocks version was much more widely circulated. The new note also points out that Ledger is two and a half minutes faster than Willcocks. Rather than reprinting John Milsom’s original note, quite good at the time, the new essay looks back at the disc after 20 years with a fresh point of view.


In addition to the featured work, the program includes some of the best pieces of Tallis, the two lamentations for Tenebrae and the four responsories for major feast days, composed during Mary’s restoration of Catholic worship. This disc came at the end of a string of Tallis discs, including two by Andrew Parrott that had all of these works on the first one except the lamentations, which were on the other. More recently, Andrew Carwood divided the responsories between two discs of his complete set and put the other works on two more discs, so the grouping here is advantageous. Newton Classics explains on its Web site the layers of significance of its label name, which nods toward Sir Isaac Newton while spelling the word to focus attention on the newt in its logo. Its proprietors, veterans of major labels in their heyday, are off to a good start.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Chapel of King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Lamentations of Jeremiah: First Lectio at Matins, Maundy Thursday: by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Chapel of King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Lamentations of Jeremiah: Second Lectio: by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Chapel of King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 12 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Videte miraculum by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Chapel of King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Dum transisset Sabbatum by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Chapel of King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Honor, virtus et potestas by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Chapel of King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7.
Loquebantur variis linguis by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1989 
Venue:  Chapel of King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Tallis October 5, 2013 By K. Smith (Richmond, VA) See All My Reviews "As usual King's College Choir lives up to it's own high standards. My only issue is in the recording itself. The recording only played in the treble range of my system. So I missed the bases lower regester." Report Abuse
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