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Track(s) taken from CDGIM015

Precibus et meritis

composer
author of text

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: November 1987
Total duration: 3 minutes 0 seconds

Cover artwork: The Deposition by Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (1571-1610)
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Precibus et meritis  [3'00]

Reviews

'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)
Gesualdo is best known for his weird and wonderful madrigals, but he also turned his hand to composing motets. This one, from his first book of ‘cantiones sacrae’ – ‘sacred songs’ – was published in Naples in 1603. Its text is used up to the present day as part of the Apostolic Blessing ‘Urbi et Orbi’, delivered by the pope every year at Easter and on Christmas Day.

from notes by John Milsom 2013

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