Thomas Tallis, Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation | Obsidian CD716

Thomas Tallis, Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation


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Label: Obsidian

Cat No: CD716

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th November 2017



Thomas Tallis was active across the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. He famously mastered all forms, old and new, as dictated by the changing religious landscape in 16th-century England. He died in 1585, very ancient and celebrated, and today is acknowledged widely as the Father of English Church Music.

This is a recording that not only demonstrates his consummate skills in many genres, but also features new discoveries. Among these is the first recording of an early version of his grand six-part Gaude gloriosa dei mater, but with words by none other than Henry VIIIís last wife, Queen Katherine Parr.


Everywhere director David Skinner negotiates an ear-opening path through the changing shapes and densities of Tallisís ever-fluid formulations; the polyphony is delineated with laser-sharp precision, and he can rely on the singersí impeccable tuning to energise the most audacious harmonies. Sublime instrumental leavening from viol conosrt Fretwork consolidates the allure.  Paul Riley (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine January 2018

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