Josquin - Missa Pange lingua, Missa La sol fa re mi
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Cat No: CDGIM009
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st September 2017
ArtistsThe Tallis Scholars
“This is absolutely superb. You need only compare the new performance of the Mass Pange lingua … to see how the eight singers of the Tallis Scholars are better in virtually all respects. The details are cleaner, the rhythms are more elegantly taken, the musical text they use is better … and the broad unfolding of the musical rhetoric is beautifully controlled by Peter Phillips. But actually they sing even better in the Mass La sol fa re mi. Again and again in the singing one has the feeling that Josquin’s lines are projected with an understanding and clarity that have rarely been heard before. The La sol fa re mi of the title denotes (among other things) the melodic passage which appears over 200 times in the course of the work with its intervals unchanged – which may not seem a recipe for the kind of music one would want to hear. But Josquin treats his material with such astonishing sophistication that you are rarely aware of the melodic fragment as such; and Phillips is scrupulously careful never to emphasize the melody except in places – such as the end of the second ‘Osanna’ – where it is clearly intended to work as an ostinato. This performance shows that the Mass La sol fa re mi belongs with the greatest works of its era.” – David Fallows, Gramophone, 1987
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