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Tota pulchra es

author of text
Song of Songs; antiphon for Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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 & Mike Hatch
Release date: March 1991
Total duration: 8 minutes 56 seconds

Cover artwork: Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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The Hilliard Ensemble


'Musically and sonically this is among The Tallis Scholars' finest recordings. If you've been following the work of this excellent a cappella ensemble over the years, you know that the best Tallis Scholars recordings achieve the highest artistic and technical standards … this is challenging music for any choir, but these singers always seem to be unfazed and untouched by the many difficulties of ensemble singing experienced by ordinary mortals' (CDReview)
Together with Josquin, one of the finest composers of his day and also, it seems, one of the most prolific, with a vast array of sacred and secular works (in several languages) to his credit. This motet in two parts, setting two passages from the Song of Songs, must rank as one of Isaac’s masterpieces, so perfectly does the music reflect the inward fervour and sensuous rapture of the words.

from notes by Paul Hillier © 1990

Ainsi que Josquin, l’un des meilleurs compositeurs de son époque et semble-t-il l’un des plus prolifiques, avec à son actif un large ensemble d’œuvres sacrées et profanes (en plusieurs langues). La musique reflète si parfaitement la ferveur intérieure et les transports voluptueux des mots que ce motet en deux parties, mettant en musique deux passages du Cantique des Cantiques doit avoir sa place parmi les chefs-d’œuvre d’Isaac.

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Hillier © 1990
Français: Marianne Fernée

Neben Josquin einer der besten Komponisten seiner Zeit und anscheinend auch einer der fruchtbarsten, dem wir eine weite Auswahl an kirchlicher und weltlicher Musik (in verschiedenen Sprachen) verdanken. Diese zweiteilige Motette, eine Vertonung von zwei Passagen aus dem ‘Hohelied Salomos’, muss als eines der Meisterwerke Isaacs gelten, so vollkommen spiegelt die Musik die innerliche Begeisterung und das sinnliche Entzücken der Worte wieder.

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Hillier © 1990
Deutsch: Hans Jürgen Wienkamp

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