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Title page from the Bishops' Bible quarto edition of 1569.
© The British Library Board / G.12188
Track(s) taken from CDA67994
Recording details: November 2012
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: September 2013
Total duration: 21 minutes 3 seconds

'In the light of such versatility and consistent quality, I'd say that Tallis deserves to be still more highly rated than he is. These are commendably committed, full-blooded performances … as for Salve intemerata, they make as good a case for it as I can recall. More, please' (Gramophone)

'The Cardinall's Musick pulls the listener into Tallis's splendid architecture with perfect paragraphing and line shape' (BBC Music Magazine)

Missa Salve intemerata
composer
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author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Gloria  [5'05] LatinEnglish
Credo  [6'02] LatinEnglish

Other recordings available for download
Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Tallis’ decision to write a Missa Salve intemerata based on themes from his Antiphon Salve intemerata virgo points to a key development in English music history. Unlike on the Continent, it had been more usual for English Masses to be based on plainsong tunes rather than on polyphonic compositions. Robert Fayrfax’s Missa O bone Jesu is probably the first to break the mould, followed by John Taverner’s Missa Mater Christi sanctissima and Missa Sancti Wilhelmi devotio. It is likely that the Missa Salve intemerata is later than the Antiphon. Tallis seems more in control of the music, although this may be a result of not having to wrestle with the rambling devotional text. He picks the best moments of the Antiphon to quote in the Mass and provides new and more succinct material when needed, especially in the Benedictus and the Agnus Dei. The Mass sounds more modern with its syllabic style, yet Tallis keeps the old English pre-Reformation conventions: there is no setting of the Kyrie, the Credo text is truncated and each movement begins with a head motif (the opening melodies of the Antiphon).

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2013


Other albums featuring this work
'Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata' (CDH55400)
Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata
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'Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2013' (HYP201302)
Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2013
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'Hyperion monthly sampler – September 2013' (HYP201309)
Hyperion monthly sampler – September 2013
HYP201309  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available

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