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Henry VIII aged 49 by Hans Holbein the Younger (c1497-1543)
Soprintendenza per i beni artistici di Roma
Track(s) taken from CDGIM025
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: March 1992
Total duration: 17 minutes 27 seconds

Salve intemerata virgo
composer
? before 1530; 5vv; SATBarB; the Tenor (baritone) part-book is missing; re-constructed by Jon Dixon
author of text
text published in 1527

Other recordings available for download
Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Votive Antiphon Salve intemerata virgo is an extended piece in honour of the Virgin Mary. Two regimes in Tallis’ lifetime required such pieces—Henry VIII’s pre-Reformation years and Mary’s restored Catholic rite. Its length and style combined with the rambling, rather complicated text clearly point to a piece for Henry. The antiphon is a great achievement with many fine and impressive moments and it is a great improvement on a rather jejune Latin four-voice Magnificat which probably pre-dates it. The earliest manuscript for the Antiphon is a single partbook dating from the late 1520s when Tallis would have been in his early twenties. He has obviously assimilated the work of Robert Fayrfax and others who excelled in the pre-Reformation style. The piece is in two main sections (the first in a triple metre and the second in a duple) and involves an alternation of sections for solo voices set against dramatic contributions from the full choir. It also includes an excellent final Amen section with a strong rhythmic impetus and a crescendo of imitation driving the listener to the final cadence.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2013


Other albums featuring this work
'Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata' (CDH55400)
Tallis: Missa Salve intemerata
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55400  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Tallis: Salve intemerata & other sacred music' (CDA67994)
Tallis: Salve intemerata & other sacred music
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £10.50 Studio Master: FLAC 24-bit 44.1 kHz £9.00ALAC 24-bit 44.1 kHz £9.00 CDA67994  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Tallis: The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis' (CDGIM203)
Tallis: The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM203  2CDs for the price of 1  

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