Magazine article Gramophone

Tallis: Honor, Virtus et Potestas

Magazine article Gramophone

Tallis: Honor, Virtus et Potestas

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Tallis

Honor, virtus et potestas. Candidi facti sunt Nazarei. Homo quidam fecit coenam. Ave, Dei patris filia. Christ rising again. Out from the deep. Preces and Responses I. Short Service, 'Dorian'. Nine Psalm Tunes--No 5, E'en like the hunted hind; No 6, Expend, O Lord. Litany

The Cardinall's Musick / Andrew Carwood

Hyperion (F) CDA68095 (72' * DDD * T/t)

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This fifth volume of The Cardinall's Musick's complete Tallis edition features a coherent English set made up of Preces and Responses, the Dorian Short Service and the concluding Litany. Even at its most functional, it shows off Tallis's knack for memorable concision when occasion demands. This group is preceded by two mid-length motets, of which Christ rising again is especially memorable, and utterly different from Byrd's setting--a reminder that The Cardinall's work perfectly well as an all-male ensemble, as their Byrd Masses demonstrated so long ago (ASV, A/00).

The sopranos join in for the most substantial piece on the recording, Ave, Dei patris filia, one of the Marian antiphons dating from the early part of Tallis's career, and the last of them to be recorded as part of this cycle. …

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