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Three New Motets 'in memoriam Thomas Tallis'

composer
2005; No 1: 5 September; No 2: 30 August; No 3: 25 June; SATB SATB unaccompanied; composed for the Kansas City Chorale, the Grinnell Singers, Seattle Pro Musica as part of Tallis's 500th birthday celebrations; first performed in Kansas City 19/1/2006
author of text
No 1: Feast of the Circumcision and Octave of the Nativity; No 2: Antiphon at Second Vespers, Corpus Christi; No 3: Responsory at Matins on Holy Saturday

Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: July 2010
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: July 2011
Total duration: 11 minutes 41 seconds

Cover artwork: Michael by Arild Rosenkrantz (1870-1964)
Courtesy of Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, London / Private Collection, Denmark
 
1
O admirabile commercium  [4'07]
2
O sacrum convivium  [2'52]
3
O vos omnes  [4'42]

Reviews

'In the fourth year of Stephen Layton's directorship the Trinity choir's sense of corporate ease and confidence is such that nothing fazes them. The singing is beautifully blended, the parts sensitively balanced, the absence of spurious vibrato a constant pleasure. Typically outstanding Hyperion sound caps this warmly recommendable issue' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Maestro Layton is a master of shading and dynamic control, so there's always a sense of ebb and flow to the glowing harmonies that animate this music' (American Record Guide)

'First, a health warning: it is impossible to do anything else but listen once the opening track of this glorious album begins … here is music making of the highest quality. I don’t have the space to mention all of the choral wonders on this disc but I can say with certainty that it is an album that will repay repeated listening for years to come' (Classic FM Magazine)
Of the three texts chosen by Steven Stucky for his Three New Motets ‘in memoriam Thomas Tallis’, composed in 2005 for the Seattle Pro Musica as part of Tallis’s 500th birthday celebrations, only O sacrum convivium was definitely set by the old Elizabethan master. Alongside the rhythmic urgency of O sacrum convivium, O admirabile commercium and O vos omnes, both predominantly homophonic, are quiet and respectful, much like Tallis’s own shorter four-part motets. For all their adventurous harmonic language they engender a modest yet powerful feeling of homage to their dedicatee.

from notes by Gabriel Crouch © 2011

Des trois textes que Steven Stucky choisit pour ses Three New Motets «in memoriam Thomas Tallis», composés en 2005 pour le Seattle Pro Musica, dans le cadre des célébrations du cinq centième anniversaire de Tallis, seul O sacrum convivium fut sans doute aucun mis en musique par le vieux maître élisabéthain. Passé l’urgence rythmique du O sacrum convivium, O admirabile commercium et O vos omnes, tous deux à prédominance homophonique, sont paisibles et respectueux, à l’image des courts motets à quatre parties de Tallis. Harmoniquement audacieux, ils n’en éveillent pas moins un sentiment d’hommage, modeste mais puissant, à leur dédicataire.

extrait des notes rédigées par Gabriel Crouch © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Von den drei Texten, die Stucky auswählte für seinen Three New Motets „in memoriam Thomas Tallis“, die er 2005 für Seattle Pro Musica anlässlich der Feierlichkeiten zum 500. Jubiläum von Tallis’ Geburtstag komponierte, weiß man nur von einem, O sacrum convivium, mit Sicherheit, dass er von dem alten elisabethanischen Meister vertont wurde. In Gegensatz zu dem rhythmischen Drängen von O sacrum convivium, haben die vorwiegend homophon gehaltenen Motetten, O admirabile commercium und O vos omnes, einen ruhigen und ehrerbietigen Charakter, ähnlich den kürzeren vierstimmigen Motetten von Tallis selbst. Trotz ihrer gewagten harmonischen Tonsprache erzeugen sie eine bescheidene und gleichzeitig kraftvolle Atmosphäre der Huldigung gegenüber dem Widmungsträger.

aus dem Begleittext von Gabriel Crouch © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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