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Adoration of the Trinity (1511) by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
AKG London
Track(s) taken from CKD233
Recording details: November 1995
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: July 2008
Total duration: 4 minutes 40 seconds

'This is quite the best performance of Tallis's 40-part Spem in alium that I have heard. Sung by a constellation of singers, many of them familiar names from other well-established choral groups, it is a gripping realisation' (Gramophone) » More

'Fine voices and steady nerves always work in favour of Spem in alium … Magnificat's cast list is about as good as it gets' (BBC Music Magazine) » More

In ieiunio et fletu
composer
author of text
Respond at Matins, first Sunday in Lent, cf Joel 2: 17

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In ieiunio et fletu has been said to be ‘possibly Tallis’s finest work’. Published in the Cantiones Sacrae of 1575, which contained music by Tallis and Byrd, In ieiunio is an astonishing matching of text to music, having absorbed much from the influx of continental music both sacred and secular into England. Chordal declamation, chromatic movement, and a careful sense of tonal architecture are the elements in the work which in combination with the more conventional polyphonic writing give a glimpse of new territory to be covered. The solemnly penitential words (‘In weeping and lamenting the priests prayed. Spare us, Lord, spare Thy people.’) give Tallis the cue to make such a complete identification with the text (and in these extremely penitential texts used by both Tallis and Byrd reference to the plight of the Catholic Church in Britain at the time is often noted) that he goes beyond his habitual technical boundaries and creates the foundations for a new vocabulary. Tallis himself took up the cue elsewhere, in his Lamentations.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1989


Other albums featuring this work
'The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2' (CDGIM210)
The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM210  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah' (CDGIM025)
Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah
'Tallis: Spem in alium & other choral works' (CDA30024)
Tallis: Spem in alium & other choral works
MP3 £6.99FLAC £6.99ALAC £6.99Buy by post £8.50 CDA30024  Hyperion 30th Anniversary series  

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