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Coming off of endBeginning, which explored the compositions of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance, the vocal quartet New York Polyphony turns its attention to works by English Renaissance composers on this GRAMMY®-nominated follow-up. The album focuses on masses by 16th-century musical titans Thomas Tallis (Mass for 4 Voices) and William Byrd (Mass a 4), but the foursome reach further back with 15th-century composer John Plummer's Missa sine nomine, not to mention mixing things up with the inclusion of three bespoke contemporary pieces. New York Polyphony's fluidity is instantly apparent, whether the group's voices are falling artfully together to accentuate the beauty of Tallis's famous legato phrases or bouncing gamely off of each other to bring out the dynamic rhythms of Gabriel Jackson's Ite miss est. Whichever way they roam on Times Go by Turns, the quartet consistently sounds more like a single voice with multiple tonalities than a convocation of four separate singers.

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Times Go By Turns

The music of the New York Polyphony, for me, undoes a great deal of the damage canned pop music has wrecked upon my ears. Pop music tends to pander to common tastes: simple refrains, catchy phrases, short and simple melodies. A good pop song is one you can sing with in the car.

This album is the opposite: you're not going to sing along. Nor should you. This album gives you a Mass setting wherein you might come to find a sense of inner silence. As voices fade in and out, the listener is carried deeper and deeper into a richly woven musical tapestry. The point of this music is not to give you the claim of mastery of the melody but, in a way that is counter-intuitive to modern listening audience, it aims to allow your ears and heart to be conquered. This is music that must be listened to, stewed in, and absorbed. This album is therapy for the soul, releasing it from the commonplace and allowing to touch the sublime and transcendent.


New York Polyphony sounds amazing, to the surprise of no one.

New York Polyphony: Times Go by Turns

This group is as good or better than the King Singers. The music is absolutely fantastic also!

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