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Track(s) taken from CDGIM044

Ave maris stella

15th-century English
author of text
Hymn at First Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor), Christopher Watson (tenor)
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Recording details: Unknown
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: November 2011
Total duration: 0 minutes 36 seconds

Cover artwork: Christ and Madonna by Robert Campin (c1375/80-1444)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, John G Johnson Collection / AKG-Images, London

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Donald Greig (baritone)


This is a neatly selected group of pieces … I’m happy to live with the women’s voices (I mean: what voices!) and a certain sameness in the interpretations for the absolute clarity, the absolute efficiency, the certainty that nobody is messing around with you. These are authoritative performances that can stand the test of time' (Gramophone)» More

'The complex cross-rhythms in the Credo are adroitly handled. Although the performance is a semitone lower than modern pitch, movements such as the Gloria keep their brightness…You can hear their enthusiasm in the exultant finish of the Gloria and the sublime melodic meditations in the Sanctus and Agnus [of the Ave Maris Stella Mass]' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There are moments when the Tallis Scholars' beautifully shaped performances seem almost too seraphic, too smooth, but that's a minor quibble' (The Guardian)» More

'The provenance of the two great works here, the Missa De Beata Virgine and Missa Ave Maris Stella, both canonically intricate and based on plainchant, is secure … there are moments when the Tallis Scholars' beautifully shaped performances seem almost too seraphic, too smooth, but that's a minor quibble' (The Guardian)

'Marking the midpoint of the Tallis Scholars’ complete projected Josquin cycle, the two works here, based on plainchants, are masterpieces both … for those who revel in structural listening, Phillips and his charges provide readings of remarkable textural clarity. But they also sing with supercharged expression' (The Sunday Times)

'The recorded sound is up close and personal, putting you right inside the music … an essential buy from a team who never put a note wrong. Excellent, informative booklet-notes too' (Classic FM Magazine)

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The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 5
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