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Jane Seymour by Hans Holbein the Younger (c1497-1543)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDGIM210
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: November 2008
Total duration: 14 minutes 55 seconds

Magnificat
composer
author of text
Luke 1: 46-55

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Magnificat is conservative: perhaps an inevitable consequence of White’s decision to follow a tradition of settings of this canticle which had originally evolved from John Taverner’s six-part version. White copied Taverner (as did Parsons and Mundy in their Magnificat settings) in using a basic choir of treble, mean, two altos, tenor and bass, which is sub-divided for some of the verses but includes a triple gimell of two trebles, two means and two basses at ‘Esurientes’. (Much of the treble part, as at ‘Esurientes’, is missing and has been reconstructed by Sally Dunkley.) Between the three magnificently spacious full-choir statements (‘Et exsultavit’, ‘Fecit potentiam’, and ‘et in saecula’) the ebb and flow of trios and quartets is carefully handled. The influence of Taverner’s mature style is audible at, for example, ‘Sicut locutus est’, where the plainchant appears in the mean, with the two alto and tenor parts intertwining beneath it.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1995


Other albums featuring this work
'White: The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music' (CDGIM030)
White: The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music

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