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The Complete Works - Volume 3
Thomas Tallis

Chapelle du Roi

The Complete Works - Volume 3

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212000328
Catnr: SIGCD 003
Release date: 01 March 2004
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Signum Classics
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0635212000328
Catalogue number
SIGCD 003
Release date
01 March 2004
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About the album

This album is the third in a series of nine covering the complete works of Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585). Not for nothing is Tallis known as the "father of church music" – with his colleagues at the Chapel Royal he created most of the church music genres that we take for granted today.

In chronological terms Volume 3 follows on quickly from the Edwardine music of Volume 2 with repertoire written for the Marian reversion to Catholicism in 1553. Here we meet Tallis the composer of music for the old English liturgy in both a modern “continental” style and a self-consciously old fashioned English style.

The music includes the extraordinary seven part mass Puer natus est nobis of 1554 and the similarly-scored motet Suscipe Quaeso. A speculative reconstruction Beati immaculati opens the disc and it concludes with the monumental six part votive antiphon Gaude Gloriosa.

Volume 3 in een serie met alle werken van Tallis
Dit album is het derde deel in een negendelige serie die het complete oeuvre van Thomas Tallis (circa 1505-1585) omvat. Tallis staat niet voor niets bekend als de ‘vader van de kerkmuziek’: met zijn collega’s van de Chapel Royal creëerde hij het merendeel van de kerkmuziekgenres die vandaag de dag vanzelfsprekend zijn.

In chronologische termen volgt de muziek op dit volume snel op de Edwardiaanse muziek uit het voorgaande volume, met repertoire geschreven voor de terugkeer naar het Katholicisme onder Koningin Mary in 1553. De luisteraar ontmoet Tallis hier als een componist voor de oude Engelse liturgie, zowel in een moderne ‘continentale’ stijl als in een zelfbewust ouderwetse Engelse stijl.

Het volume bevat de buitengewone zevenstemmige mis Puer natus est nobis uit 1554 en het motet Suscipe Quaeso, voor dezelfde bezetting. Het opent met een speculatieve reconstructie van Beati immaculati, dat enkel met de slecht op de muziek passende Engelse tekst is overgeleverd, en besluit met het monumentale zesstemmige antifoon Gaude Gloriosa.

Chapelle du Roi specialiseert zich in de uitvoering van geestelijke muziek uit de Renaissance. Elk jaar levert het ensemble degelijke concerten en opnames, waarin het authentieke uitvoeringen van voornamelijk onbekend repertoire dat wat extra aandacht verdient wil weergeven.

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Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis was an English composer who occupies a primary place in anthologies of English choral music, and is considered one of England's greatest composers. He is honoured for his original voice in English musicianship. No contemporary portrait of Tallis survives: that painted by Gerard Vandergucht (illustration), dates from 150 years after Tallis died, and there is no reason to suppose that it is a likeness. In a rare existing copy of his black letter signature, the composer spelled his last name 'Tallys.' Tallis is known for his work with William Byrd. He started to teach the much younger Byrd at the Chapel Royal in London. Later, they were both appointed as organists of the Chapel. 
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Thomas Tallis was an English composer who occupies a primary place in anthologies of English choral music, and is considered one of England's greatest composers. He is honoured for his original voice in English musicianship. No contemporary portrait of Tallis survives: that painted by Gerard Vandergucht (illustration), dates from 150 years after Tallis died, and there is no reason to suppose that it is a likeness. In a rare existing copy of his black letter signature, the composer spelled his last name "Tallys." Tallis is known for his work with William Byrd. He started to teach the much younger Byrd at the Chapel Royal in London. Later, they were both appointed as organists of the Chapel.


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