Tallis: The Complete Works, Vol. 2

This album is the second in a series of nine covering the complete works of Thomas Tallis (c1505-1585). As the 1540s developed, the Reformation began to take hold and the style of music required from composers such as Tallis altered radically. The large-scale melismatic votive antiphons were no longer required; the emphasis moved away from Marian devotion to a more syllabic and compact style and, eventually, to settings of English rather than Latin texts. The present album traces this development from the Jesus antiphon Sancte Deus, to the mass for four voices, the three early English anthems including If ye love me, the Te Deum for meanes and the Elizabethan Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.

SIGCD002  68 minutes 34 seconds
'Vocal quality is more consistent, entries are far more confident, lines more assertively shaped … you may well find that it is not just the musicians who are on better form here: Tallis himself ...
'The sheer variety of the music here is remarkable and makes a stimulating second volume in this distinguished series' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)