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Hyperion Records

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The Deposition by Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (1571-1610)
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDGIM015
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: November 1987
Total duration: 37 minutes 28 seconds

'Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories have been recorded twice before, once by a full choir, once by solo voices. Of the three versions I should not hesitate to choose this new one by The Tallis Scholars, since they alone cope adequately with the chromatic shifts, the awkward tunings and the virtuosic leaps and runs … in its controlled fashion, however, the choir give a refreshingly lucid account of the notes, distinguishing the sub-sections from one another with plenty of variety. Better than the Responsories to my mind are the four more sober Marian Motets at the end of the record, which suit The Tallis Scholars rather better' (Gramophone)

'Conveying intensity through restraint is what the Tallis Scholars have been doing so wonderfully these past 40 years’ (The Daily Telegraph)

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