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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: 16 minutes 6 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)

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
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (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


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