Tallis - Gaude gloriosa
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Cat No: CDA67548
Number of Discs: 1
Gaude gloriosa Dei Mater
Jesu salvator saeculi
Loquebantur variis linguis
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for 5 voices
Mihi autem nimis
O nata lux de lumine
Suscipe quaeso Domine
With this first recording for Hyperion, The Cardinallís Musick turns to the period of its namesake, Cardinal Wolsey, and specifically to the music of Thomas Tallis. Gaude gloriosa takes centre stage. One of a series of monumental and extended motets (each lasting getting on for twenty minutes), this should be regarded as the summation of the genre Ė whereas Tallisís earlier attempts such as Salve intemerata or Ave Dei Patris filia can seem to ramble somewhat, in Gaude gloriosa we find a sure-footed and eloquent response to an unusual text in honour of the Virgin Mary, and a work which takes singer and listener alike into a world of unremitting fervour.
Other works on this recording include the famous Loquebantur variis linguis and O nata lux settings, the five-voice Latin Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, and Suscipe quaeso Domine Ė where a particularly gloomy text (thought to have been written to mark Englandís reconciliation with Rome on the accession of Mary Tudor) elicits from Tallis some truly extraordinary and rhetorical effects with harmonic shifts which are every bit as shocking today as they must have been at the workís first performance in 1554.
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