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#1 in the UK Classical Singles Chart

Tallis's Spem in alium is featured in the controversial literary sensation 50 Shades of Grey by E L James. So many readers, after reading the book, have been downloading The Tallis Scholars' recording in recent weeks that it has steadily risen in the UK Official Classical Singles Chart, from Number 20, to Number 13, to Number 8, to Number 7 and now to Number 1.

E L James said:

“I am delighted to have introduced so many of my readers to this amazing 16th century piece of music, it is absolutely wonderful and the recording from the Tallis Scholars is particularly special. A deserved number one !!”


Modern music nowadays has a tendency to jam it's message down your throat in a series of brutal assaults of sound. This breathtakingly beautiful assortment of music whisks you up into the clouds, sudden moments of brilliant sunlight revealing itself through their thick folds then encircling you with soft harmony. There is no better way to sink deep into thought-a truly inspiring piece of music that resonates messages of hope and faith.

"spem in alium numquam habui"
"I have no faith in any other"

Hector (13)

Isn't it wonderful

Listening to this recording is my idea of 'bliss'. It is my regular 'goodnight' soother and now I have it on my ipod. Great.


Genre: Classical

Peter Phillips is one of Britain's foremost early music choral ensemble conductors and the founder and head of a leading independent record company, Gimell Records. Phillips earned a scholarship to Oxford University in 1972 and specialized in Renaissance music, studying with Denis Arnold and David Wulstan. In 1973, Phillips brought together the choral scholars of the various chapels of Oxford and Cambridge Universities to sing sacred vocal Renaissance music. He named the group the Tallis Scholars...
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