Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S Chart Topper

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S Chart Topper

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The iTunes classical chart hasn't been around very long, but for the time it has been available the number one slot ha s u sua l ly featured Pavarotti singing 'Nessun dorma'. Nothing wrong with that, except that the chart was invented speci f ica l ly to encou rage the cu r rent classical music scene and give an impression of who was doing what within it. Now a piece written 450 years ago - Tallis's 'Spem in alium' - ha s taken over at the top, in a recording by the Tallis Scholars.

Manna su re d rop s f rom heaven in unpredictable ways. This posting has come as a result of the success of an erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey by E L Jame s , where it i s sugge sted that Tallis's music is the ultimate turn-on.

Ha l f o f me can't qu ite bel ieve that a penitential Latin-texted motet o f the mo st ext reme intel lectua l complex ity (it ha s 40 independent vocal parts) might qualify for this pu rpo se ; the other ha l f can't bel ieve what the med ia i s capable o f, once it gets its teeth into something. …

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