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TALLIS: Spem in alium / Missa Salve intemerata

Composer(s):Tallis, Thomas
Artist(s) Summerly, Jeremy, Conductor • Oxford Camerata, Ensemble
Period(s) Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.557770
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

This was one of the most remarkable recording of 2005 and fully worthy of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Talli’s birth. Some of his greatest masterpieces are here, written for eight choirs of five voices. Spem in alium is justly the most famous. In order to replicate the circular effect intended by the composer, the producer here, Andrew Walton, and engineer Mike Clements, recorded the four choirs positioned in the form of four sides of a huge St Chad Cross. The result (especially at the climax of Spem in alium) is overwhelming. But the extended motet, Slaveintemerata, and its associated Mass are superb too, while the three English motets which complete the programme are by no means an anticlimax. The performances here are beyond


Review By ,Scherzo,November 2005


Review By Sarah Bryan Miller,St. Louis Post-Dispatch,July 2005

A new recording on the budget Naxos label offers an inexpensive opportunity to become acquainted with "Spem" and several other remarkable unaccompanied pieces in fine performances . . . "Spem," with its eight choirs of five voices each, is a towering accomplishment, but the other pieces offer good singing by the Oxford Camerata's core choir of 12, led by Jeremy Summerly. They sing in a very English style, with the sopranos so pure in sound that they almost sound like boys, and a mixed corps of female altos working with male falsettists, the latter generally avoiding the edginess of tone to which the breed is prone.


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