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The Cardinall's Musick & Andrew Carwood - Tallis: Lamentations And Other Sacred Music (2016)


Artist: The Cardinall's Musick & Andrew Carwood
Title: Tallis: Lamentations And Other Sacred Music
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Hyperion
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image + .cue, log, artwork)
Total Time: 73:09 min
Total Size: 325 MB

Tracklist:
Tallis: Lamentations Of Jeremiah I
Tallis: Lamentations Of Jeremiah II
Tallis: In Pace, In Idipsum
Tallis: Short Service, 'Dorian' - Communion Setting 1. Commandments
Tallis: Short Service, 'Dorian' - Communion Setting 2. Credo
Tallis: Not Every One That Saith Unto Me
Tallis: Short Service, 'Dorian' - Communion Setting 3. Sanctus
Tallis: Short Service, 'Dorian' - Communion Setting 4. Gloria
Tallis: Solemnis Urgebat Dies, 'Iam Christus Astra Ascenderat'
Tallis: Sancte Deus
Tallis: Dum Transisset Sabbatum
Tallis: 9 Psalm Tunes - #7 Why Brag'st In Malice High
Tallis: Salvator Mundi I
Tallis: Te Deum, 'For Meanes'
Tallis: 9 Psalm Tunes - #9 Come, Holy Ghost, 'Ordinal'

Enthusiasts of Renaissance choral polyphony may debate various aspects of this release and others in the Thomas Tallis series by The Cardinall's Musick and director Andrew Carwood. The two-voice-per-part choir configuration is not to everyone's taste, with some preferring a single-voice madrigal-like texture and others a sound rooted in the long English choral tradition. The mix of pieces on this volume, which veers from English-language anthems to Anglican service music to somber Latin pieces (mostly written, nevertheless, for the Protestant Elizabeth I); some might rather have music more closely linked to its original setting and function. The singers' judicious use of vibrato might be too much for some, too little for others. About the basic musicality of the program's central music, however, there ought to be very little dispute: the two sets of Lamentations of Jeremiah at the beginning are extraordinarily powerful. The ornate settings of the Hebrew initial letters ("Aleph," Beth") and the broader passages toward the end of each Lamentation are handled with a rare combination of emotion and iron control by the singers, and the experience of hearing these dark, low-register works is gripping. By the time they're over with, the more compact pieces on the remainder of the program will come as a kind of relief. Superbly resonant, acoustically appropriate sound from Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle adds to the power of the music. Highly recommended. -- James Manheim

The Cardinall's Musick & Andrew Carwood - Tallis: Lamentations And Other Sacred Music (2016)
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