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The Last Judgement by Rogier van der Weyden (1399-1464)
Hôtel-Dieu, Beaune, France / Photograph © Paul M. R. Maeyaert, Etikhove-Maarkedal, Belgium
Track(s) taken from CDGIM029
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1994
Total duration: 5 minutes 56 seconds

'As one would expect with a group so experienced in sixteenth-century repertories, both English and Continental, this performance is characterized by great sensitivity to textual inflexion and to the many moments of that exquisite bonding of words and music that was to lead Monteverdi to credit Rore as one of the early masters of the seconda prattica … nevertheless, in the end it is Peter Phillips's ability to control the overall architecture of the music, as well as its detail, that provides the basis for a reading of such conviction; his direction, combined with The Tallis Scholars's strongly-focused singing and well-balanced ensemble, results in a gripping performance of rare beauty, intelligence and power' (Gramophone)

Ave Regina caelorum
composer
author of text
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the Feast of the Purification until the Wednesday in Holy Week

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Ave Regina caelorum follows a genre typical of the middle Renaissance period and found in the work of, for example, Mouton and Willaert. This involves a free four-part texture, often scored for SATB, into the middle of which is inserted a three-voice canon. The canonic parts have relatively long notes and only sing periodically; and in this case all three maintain their own pitch levels (the root, fourth and fifth degrees) which gives the result a certain academic fascination. However, it is in the sonorities to which all these elements contribute that the expressive power of the piece lies.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1994

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