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Alamire, Fretwork & David Skinner - Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

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Alamire, Fretwork & David Skinner - Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)
Artist: Alamire, Fretwork & David Skinner
Title Of Album: Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation
Year Of Release: 2017
Label: Obsidian
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, artwork)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 75:36
Full Size: 340 MB






Tracklist:

[1] Gaude gloriosa dei mater
[2] When Jesus went [Salvator mundi II]
[3] O Lord, give thy holy spirit
[4] Hear the voice and prayer
[5] Purge me, O Lord
[6] Solfaing Song
[7] Verily, verily, I say unto you
[8] If ye love me
[9] O Lord, in thee is all my trust
[10] Libera nos
[11] The Litany
[12] Fantasia [O sacrum convivium]
[13] Se lord and behold (Contrafact of Gaude gloriosa)

English composer Thomas Tallis witnessed dramatic changes of religion under four monarchs, and his career accordingly represents the development of polyphonic church music in Renaissance England. Along with his student and fellow Roman Catholic, William Byrd, Tallis was one of the earliest composers to publish music under royal patent in England, and his works demonstrated the shifting doctrines and styles of liturgy in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. This 2017 Obsidian release features one piece with a text by Henry VIII's sixth and last wife, Katherine Parr, which gives the album its title, though the mix of Roman Catholic and Anglican pieces on the program suggests that "songs of Reformation" may be seen as one-sided. In any case, the performances by the vocal ensemble Alamire and the viol consort Fretwork put the emphasis on Tallis and his varied output, rather than on the theological preferences of royalty. The result is a well-balanced portrait of Tallis, and his choral music is given transparent textures and clear diction by the 14-voice choir, which maintains independence of parts while offering an evenly blended tone. Fretwork's introspective performances reflect the chamber music of the time, typically composed as free fantasias for viol consort, often based on fragments of chant. Tallis' When Jesus went (Salvator mundi II), the Solfaing Song, and the Fantasia (O sacrum convivium) show Fretwork's polished and affecting playing, which is particularly striking in passages with plangent cross-relations. -- Blair Sanderson



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