The Tallis Scholars: English Madrigals, 7 English Anthems
Peter Phillips & The Tallis Scholars
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This is disappointing
The Tallis Scholars is one of the finest choral groups in England. This album is not their usual faire - normally sacred Renaissance material is recorded in a small church in northern England with a choir of 20 or more (though the touring ensemble is usually just ten singers). This recording sounds like one singer on a part and in a studio. It is stark and dry. I am disappointed. Even the best can stumble.
The Tallis Scholars are simply unparalleled when it comes to performing unaccompanied, polyphonic sacred music, and this new CD, featuring secular madrigals (for the first time in their career) as well as sacred English anthems, is no exception. The energetic and crisply sung opening madrigal, "Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints" by Thomas Weelkes, and the powerfully moving anthems, "When David Heard" & "Then David Mourned" by Thomas Tompkins, are just three examples of Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars at their finest.
nice addition to madrigal repertoire
It's nice to hear the Tallis Scholars' effort in this genre, a relatively untypical one for them. They bring their usual crispness and force to these small pieces. "Though Amaryllis Dance" is particularly sparkling.