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David Skinner|Cantiones Sacrae 1575 (Thomas Tallis - William Byrd)

Cantiones Sacrae 1575 (Thomas Tallis - William Byrd)

Thomas Tallis - William Byrd

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The 1575 publication Cantiones Sacrae was something of a landmark of English music: a major printed-music collection of the sort that had been appearing on the Continent for much of the 16th century. Thomas Tallis and William Byrd were granted a printing monopoly by Queen Elizabeth I and each contributed 17 works to the collection, perhaps because, as ensemble leader David Skinner argues in his booklet notes (in English only), the 17th anniversary of the queen's accession occurred in 1575. That's typical of the level of detail with which the music is presented here. The transposition scheme is laid out in a table, and much is made of the fact that this is the first recording of the whole group of pieces, by the same group of singers and in the order the composers "intended." That's of only minor relevance; the music was never meant for complete performance of this kind. However, when the rubber meets the road these are strong performances by the small mixed-gender group Alamire, which deploys two voices per part. These are Latin motets, several of them quite complex and imposing (try the three-section Tribue Domine of Byrd on disc 2); those by the aged Tallis are intense explorations of an older style with plenty of dissonances that Skinner retains here (some performances edit them out). Some of these works will be familiar to devoted choristers, and these may wish to make the leap to the entire set as a reference; the sound, from the Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle in Sussex, is a major plus.
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1
Salvator mundi I
David Skinner
00:02:34

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

2
Absterge Domine
David Skinner
00:05:26

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

3
In manus tuas
Clare Wilkinson
00:01:46

David Skinner, Conductor - Clare Wilkinson, contralto - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - David Skinner, Conductor

4
Emendemus in melius
Clare Wilkinson
00:02:58

David Skinner, Conductor - Clare Wilkinson, contralto - Mark Dobell, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass

5
Libera me, Domine, et pone me juxta te
David Skinner
00:07:09

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

6
Peccantem me quotidie
Clare Wilkinson
00:06:11

David Skinner, Conductor - Clare Wilkinson, contralto - Mark Dobell, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Christopher Watson, tenor

7
Mihi autem nimis
David Skinner
00:01:47

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass

8
O nata lux de lumine
Clare Wilkinson
00:01:35

David Skinner, Conductor - Clare Wilkinson, contralto - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass

9
O sacrum convivium
David Skinner
00:03:03

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

10
Aspice, Domine, quia facta est desolata civitas
David Skinner
00:04:48

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Ruth Massey, contralto - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass

11
Attollite portas
David Skinner
00:04:34

David Skinner, Conductor - Ruth Massey, contralto - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Robert MacDonald, bass - Mark Dobell, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor

12
O lux, beata Trinitas
David Skinner
00:04:03

David Skinner, Conductor - Ruth Massey, contralto - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor

13
Derelinquit impius
David Skinner
00:03:13

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

14
Dum transisset Sabbatum
Clare Wilkinson
00:03:53

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Clare Wilkinson, contralto - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor

15
Honor virtus et potestas
David Skinner
00:03:47

David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass

16
Sermone blando angelus …
David Skinner
00:04:49

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

17
Laudate, pueri, Dominum
David Skinner
00:03:57

David Skinner, Conductor - David Skinner, Conductor - William Gaunt, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Nicholas Todd, tenor

18
Memento, homo
David Skinner
00:02:37

David Skinner, Conductor - Greg Skidmore, baritone - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Nicholas Todd, tenor

19
Siderum rector
Clare Wilkinson
00:02:33

David Skinner, Conductor - Christopher Watson, tenor - Clare Wilkinson, contralto - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Robert MacDonald, bass

20
Te lucis ante terminum (festal)
David Skinner
00:01:59

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Robert MacDonald, bass

DISC 2

1
Te lucis ante terminum (ferial)
David Skinner
00:01:34

David Skinner, Conductor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor

2
Salvator mundi II
David Skinner
00:02:21

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Christopher Watson, tenor

3
Candidi facti sunt Nazarei
Clare Wilkinson
00:01:56

David Skinner, Conductor - Clare Wilkinson, contralto - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass

4
Da mihi auxilium
David Skinner
00:06:59

David Skinner, Conductor - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Nicholas Todd, tenor - Greg Skidmore, baritone - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

5
Domine, secundum actum meum
David Skinner
00:07:20

David Skinner, Conductor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Greg Skidmore, baritone - Robert MacDonald, bass - Nicholas Todd, tenor

6
Diliges Dominum
David Skinner
00:03:02

David Skinner, Conductor - Ruth Massey, contralto - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Nicholas Todd, tenor - Greg Skidmore, baritone - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - William Gaunt, bass

7
In jejunio et fletu
David Skinner
00:04:10

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

8
Suscipe quaeso Domine - Si enim iniquitates
David Skinner
00:07:11

David Skinner, Conductor - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - David Skinner, Conductor

9
Miserere mihi, Domine
David Skinner
00:02:20

David Skinner, Conductor - Greg Skidmore, baritone - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone - Nicholas Todd, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Christopher Watson, tenor

10
Tribue, Domine
Clare Wilkinson
00:10:51

David Skinner, Conductor - Clare Wilkinson, contralto - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Christopher Watson, tenor - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

11
Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna
David Skinner
00:03:54

David Skinner, Conductor - Christopher Watson, tenor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Nicholas Mulroy, tenor - Ruth Massey, contralto - David Skinner, Conductor - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

12
Miserere nostri
David Skinner
00:02:47

David Skinner, Conductor - Christopher Watson, tenor - William Gaunt, bass - Nicholas Todd, tenor - Ruth Massey, contralto - David Skinner, Conductor - Robert MacDonald, bass - Timothy Whiteley, baritone

Album Description

The 1575 publication Cantiones Sacrae was something of a landmark of English music: a major printed-music collection of the sort that had been appearing on the Continent for much of the 16th century. Thomas Tallis and William Byrd were granted a printing monopoly by Queen Elizabeth I and each contributed 17 works to the collection, perhaps because, as ensemble leader David Skinner argues in his booklet notes (in English only), the 17th anniversary of the queen's accession occurred in 1575. That's typical of the level of detail with which the music is presented here. The transposition scheme is laid out in a table, and much is made of the fact that this is the first recording of the whole group of pieces, by the same group of singers and in the order the composers "intended." That's of only minor relevance; the music was never meant for complete performance of this kind. However, when the rubber meets the road these are strong performances by the small mixed-gender group Alamire, which deploys two voices per part. These are Latin motets, several of them quite complex and imposing (try the three-section Tribue Domine of Byrd on disc 2); those by the aged Tallis are intense explorations of an older style with plenty of dissonances that Skinner retains here (some performances edit them out). Some of these works will be familiar to devoted choristers, and these may wish to make the leap to the entire set as a reference; the sound, from the Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle in Sussex, is a major plus.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : 74:37 - 55:47 - DDD - Enregistré en février & mars 2009 et janvier 2010 - Notes en anglais avec les textes chantés en latin et traduction anglaise

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