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The Queen Mary Atlas (c1555-1558) by Diogo Homem (1521-1576)
© The British Library Board / Add. 5415 A, ff.9v-10
Track(s) taken from CDA68026
Recording details: February 2013
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: March 2014
Total duration: 10 minutes 33 seconds

'Tallis's Christmas Mass … is sung here with customary perfection by The Cardinall's Musick, who polish other Tallis gems alongside it, most notably Videte miraculum, a work of such sensuous beauty it quite eclipses the Mass' (The Observer)

'The new recording rivals the best of those available: it’s Hyperion’s Recording of the Month for March 2014 and it’s mine, too … the opening work on the new recording, Salvator mundi, Domine, from Compline, shows polyphony arising from the plainsong opening like an organic growth. It’s important that the transition should seem like moving from one world to another, yet appear to be seamless, and this The Cardinall’s Musick achieve to perfection. The scene is set for another CD to match the high quality of its two predecessors' (MusicWeb International) » More

Magnificat a 4
composer
author of text
Luke 1: 46-55

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The four-part Latin Magnificat is perhaps Tallis’ earliest surviving composition. This piece sounds like the work of a young composer. Here we see Tallis learning the pre-Reformation style which comes to fruition in the antiphon Salve intemerata virgo and which he was to develop further in Gaude gloriosa. It is true that one has to forgive the jejune setting of ‘et sanctum nomen eius’ (which would merit a red-pen mark from a teacher of composition), some rather ungainly imitation (‘Sicut erat in principio’) and some unusual tessituras, especially in the contratenor part. But this is to miss the fact that Tallis has correctly assimilated the style, reducing his forces at appropriate moments, varying his duple and triple metres and highlighting the word ‘Abraham’ with caesuras and adding a nice harmonic turn at the cadence (which would later become a Tallis characteristic). He has also used a faburden as the basis of his composition. A faburden is the harmonization of an existing tune, in this case a version of the Mode I plainsong (used for the verses which Tallis did not set) which can be clearly heard acting as a cantus firmus throughout and most clearly at the beginning of each section, all of which start with three descending notes.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2014


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