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Tallis: Christmas Mass / Phillips, Tallis Scholars


Release Date: 11/13/2001 
Label:  Gimell   Catalog #: 34   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Few ensembles are as difficult to write about as the incomparable Tallis Scholars. Inevitably, you just string together an array of superlatives and hope that other reviewers haven't gushed about the same attributes using the same words in precisely the same order. The ensemble's recording of the Christmas Mass and the antiphon Ave Dei patris filia marks both its fourth recording of works by Renaissance master Thomas Tallis and one of Gimell's last albums to be made during an unhappy affiliation with Universal Classics. (The label has since reverted to independent status, distributed in the United States by Harmonia Mundi.)

As has been the case with other Tallis Scholars projects, the
Read more singers have rediscovered missing manuscripts and have put together the first modern performance editions of both of these works. Their complete mastery of their chosen subject, combining keen scholarship and transcendent beauty, makes this a radiant recording. The clarity and luminescent tone that conductor Peter Phillips achieves with his singers are simply superb. The recording, made at their frequent locale of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Norfolk, is a faithful one--but don't miss any opportunity to hear them live.
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mass à 7 "Puer natus est nobis" by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1554; England 
Language: Latin 
2.
Magnificat by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Language: Latin 
3.
Audivi vocem by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Language: Latin 
4.
Ave Dei patris filia by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  Peter Phillips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Language: Latin 

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