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Tewkesbury, UK 2013 [no label, 1CD]
Live at
Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, UK; July 10, 2013. Very good satellite radio.

For those who want something a bit more sombre…
[In 2013, The Tallis Scholars celebrated their 40th birthday.] Their director Peter Philips has chosen this programme as a ‘best of…’ sequence of pieces held most dear to him and his elite singers. Alongside English gems by Tallis and Byrd are soaring splendours from Rome - a mass by Palestrina and Allegri’s Miserere - and works by two of choral music’s most popular living composers, Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre.

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John Quinn,
For this programme Tallis Scholars director Peter Phillips has chosen several polyphonic pieces that have been closely associated with the group over the years. However, the group has performed more music of our own time than many people appreciate and two contemporary composers were represented in the second half. Eric Whitacre’s Saint-Chapelle was one of two works written for and premièred at The Tallis Scholars’ 40th anniversary concert in St Paul’s Cathedral. They recorded the piece at the same time: this was a welcome early opportunity to hear it live. When I reviewed the recording I commented that Whitacre “seems to have effected a seamless marriage of old and new in this piece; the music is undoubtedly of the 21st century, especially in its harmonic language, but I would think that it could fit very well indeed into a programme of the Renaissance music that is the staple fare of The Tallis Scholars.” This Tewkesbury performance confirmed me in that view. The music, which was marvellously performed here, plays to the strengths of The Tallis Scholars, I think, and Whitacre demonstrates a keen awareness of the way the group approaches the music it sings and his piece seems imaginatively to complement their core repertoire. The recording, available only as a download, is well worth hearing and the download can be accessed here. Arvo Pärt’s short Nunc Dimittis was an equally apposite choice. This is music stripped to its bare essentials; much of the time the tone is subdued and austere. Above all it demands the expert technical control that an ensemble such as this possesses.

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Track 01. Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585) - Loquebantur variis linguis 4:18 (8.3MB)
Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina (c. 1525-1594) - Missa Papae Marcelli
Track 02. Kyrie 3:50 (7.3MB)
Track 03. Gloria 5:50 (11.2MB)
Track 04. Credo 9:02 (17.4MB)
Track 05. Sanctus 3:40 (7.0MB)
Track 06. Benedictus - Hosanna 3:07 (6.0MB)
Track 07. Agnus Dei I 3:06 (6.0MB)
Track 08. Agnus Dei II 3:33 (6.8MB)
Track 09. Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) - Misere mei, Deus 12:47 (24.5MB)
Track 10. Eric Whitacre (1970) - Sainte-Chapelle (2013) 8:31 (16.3MB)
Track 11. Arvo Part - Nunc Dimittis 6:03 (11.6MB)
Track 12. Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585) - Miserere nostri 2:51 (5.5MB)
Track 13. William Byrd (1543-1623) - Tribue domine 11:27 (22.0MB)
78 mins

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  1. 18 Responses to “THE TALLIS SCHOLARS - TEWKESBURY, UK 2013”

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