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The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars have become one of the leading a cappella choral groups in the world, specializing in Renaissance sacred music. The group was founded in 1973 by choral conductor Peter Phillips who, coincidentally, bears the name of a noted English Renaissance composer (1560-1628). The aim was to create an ensemble that, through purity of intonation and impeccable balance, would reveal the beauty of the complex polyphonic textures of Renaissance music. The group takes its name from Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585), a leading English composer of the Renaissance era, famous in particular for one of the most elaborate of all a cappella compositions, Spem in Alium, which is written for eight five-part choirs.

The Tallis Scholars quickly came to be popular on the busy English early music scene. In 1981 Phillips and Steven C. Smith co-founded a record label, Gimell Records, specifically to record the Tallis Scholars. The label is now one of the Philips labels, a part of the Polygram Group.

Becoming famous for their beautiful, blended sound, in which all the strands of the polyphony can be followed, the Tallis Scholars have toured extensively. The group undertakes at least two tours a year in the United States, and tours extensively in the Far East every 18 months. They appear in Europe every month of the year when they are not on tour. The Tallis Scholars were invited to sing at the Sistine Chapel at ceremonies honoring the restoration of Michelangelo's Last Judgment. In February 1994, they performed at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Palestrina, who had been a choirboy and, later, music director in that church.

The group has made over 35 recordings for Gimell. They have recorded not only the music of Tallis, Byrd, and Palestrina, but lesser-known Renaissance composers such as Cipriano de Rore, Heinrich Isaac, Clemens Non Papa, and Frei Manuel Cardoso. In 1987 The Tallis Scholars' disc of two parody masses by Josquin received the Gramophone magazine Record of the Year Award, the first time an early music recording had been so honored. The group has also won two Diapason d'Or de l'Année awards.

The Tallis Scholars Summer Schools were established in 2000 for amateur singers, offering a program led by Phillips and other members of the ensemble concentrating on their repertoire. The program includes courses of study based in Oakham in the United Kingdom, Seattle in the United States, and Sydney in Australia. The Tallis Scholars perform regularly on radio and television, and their performances from the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007 and 2008 were well received. The ensemble's 30th anniversary was marked in 2010 with a young composers' competition for an a cappella work in four parts. ~ Joseph Stevenson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis

Disc 1

1. Spem In Alium (Also Set As "Sing And Glorify"), Motet For 40 Voices, P. 299: Spem In Alium

Disc 2
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Track List: Magnificats 5-8

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: O Sacrum Convivium

1. O Sacrum Convivium: Antiphon Fro Second Vespers, Corpus Christi

Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Title: Magnificat 5 In Tone 5

2. Magnificat 5 In Tone 5: Magnificat Quinti Toni

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: O Sacrum Convivium

3. O Sacrum Convivium: Antiphon II

Title: Sancta Maria

4. Sancta Maria: Antiphon For First Vespers, Feasts Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Title: Magnificat 6 In Tones 6 & 1

5. Magnificat 6 In Tones 6 & 1: Magnificat Sexti Et Primi Toni

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Sancta Maria

6. Sancta Maria: Antiphon II

Title: In Diebus Illis Mulier

7. In Diebus Illis Mulier: Antiphon For First Vespers, St.mary Magdalen, 22 July

Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Title: Magnificat 7 In Tone 7

8. Magnificat 7 In Tone 7: Magnificat Septimi Toni

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: In Diebus Illis Mulier

9. In Diebus Illis Mulier: Antiphon II

Title: Magi Videntes Stellam, Antiphon For 1st Vespers, Epiphany

10. Magi Videntes Stellam, Antiphon For 1st Vespers, Epiphany: Antiphon For First Vespers, Epiphany

Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Title: Magnificat Octavi Toni

11. Magnificat Octavi Toni: Magnificat Octavi Toni

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Magi Videntes Stellam, Antiphon For 1st Vespers, Epiphany

12. Magi Videntes Stellam, Antiphon For 1st Vespers, Epiphany: Antiphon II

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Track List: Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah

1. Lamentations (of Jeremiah), 1st Lesson For 5 Voices, P. 102: Lamentations Of Jeremiah I

2. Lamentations (of Jeremiah), 2nd Lesson For 5 Voices, P. 110: Lamentations Of Jeremiah II

3. Absterge Domine, Motet For 5 Voices, P. 180: Absterge Domine

4. Derelinquit Impius, Motet For 5 Voices, P. 189: Derelinquat Impius

5. Mihi Autem Nimis (also Set As "Blessed Be Thy Name"), Motet (Introit) For 5 Voices, P. 204: Mihi Autem Nimis

6. O Sacrum Convivium (Also Set As "I Call And Cry To Thee" And "O Sacred And Holy Banquet"), Motet For 5 Voices, P. 210: O Sacrum Convivium

7. In Jejunio Et Fletu, Motet For 5 Voices, P. 198: In Ieiunio Et Fletu

8. O Salutaris Ho**ia (also Set As "O Praise The Lord"), Motet (antiphon) For 5 Voices: O Salutaris Ho**ia

9. In Manus Tuas, Motet For 5 Voices, P. 202: In Manus Tuas

10. O Nata Lux De Lumine, Motet (hymn) For 5 Voices, P. 209: O Nata Lux

11. Salve Intemerata Virgo, Motet (antiphon) For 5 Voices, P. 144: Salve Intemerata

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Track List: Gombert: Magnificats 1-4

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Angeli, Archangeli, Antiphon (1st Vespers, Feast Of All Saints, 1 November)

1. Angeli, Archangeli, Antiphon (1st Vespers, Feast Of All Saints, 1 November): Antiphon For First Vespers, The Feast Of All Saints

Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Title: Magnificat Primi Toni

2. Magnificat Primi Toni: Magnificat 1: Primi Toni

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Angeli, Archangeli, Antiphon (1st Vespers, Feast Of All Saints, 1 November)

3. Angeli, Archangeli, Antiphon (1st Vespers, Feast Of All Saints, 1 November): Antiphon

Title: O Adonai, Antiphon, Mode 2

4. O Adonai, Antiphon, Mode 2: Great Antiphon

Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Title: Magnificat Secundi Toni For 4 Voices

5. Magnificat Secundi Toni For 4 Voices: Magnificat 2: Secundi Toni

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: O Adonai, Antiphon, Mode 2

6. O Adonai, Antiphon, Mode 2: I. Antiphon

Title: Cum Ortus Fuerit Sol De Caelo, Antiphon (1st Vespers, Nativity Of Our Lord, 25 December)

7. C*m Ortus Fuerit Sol De Caelo, Antiphon (1st Vespers, Nativity Of Our Lord, 25 December): The Nativity Of Our Lord

Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Title: Magnificat 3, For 8 Voices In Tone 3 And 8

8. Magnificat 3, For 8 Voices In Tone 3 And 8: Magnificat 3: Tertii Et Octavi Toni

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Cum Ortus Fuerit Sol De Caelo, Antiphon (1st Vespers, Nativity Of Our Lord, 25 December)

9. C*m Ortus Fuerit Sol De Caelo, Antiphon (1st Vespers, Nativity Of Our Lord, 25 December): Antiphon

Title: Pater Juste, Mundus Te Non Cognovit, Antiphon (Vespers, Saturday Before Palm Sunday)

10. Pater Juste, Mundus Te Non Cognovit, Antiphon (Vespers, Saturday Before Palm Sunday): Antiphon For Vespers, Saturday Before Palm Sunday

Composer: Nicolas Gombert
Title: Magnificat 4, For 5 Voices In Tone 4

11. Magnificat 4, For 5 Voices In Tone 4: Quarti Toni

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Pater Juste, Mundus Te Non Cognovit, Antiphon (Vespers, Saturday Before Palm Sunday)

12. Pater Juste, Mundus Te Non Cognovit, Antiphon (Vespers, Saturday Before Palm Sunday): Antiphon

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Track List: William Cornysh: Stabat Mater

1. Salve Regina For 5 Voices: Salve Regina

2. Ave Maria Mater Dei For 4 Voices: Ave Maria, Mater Dei

3. Gaude Virgo Mater Christi For 4 Voices: Gaude Virgo Mater Christi

4. Magnificat For 5 Voices: Magnificat

5. A Robyn, Gentyl Robyn For 3 Voices: Ah! Robin

6. Adew, Adew, My Hartis Lust For 3 Voices: Adieu, Adieu, My Heartes Lust

7. Adew, Corage, Adew For 3 Voices: Adieu, Courage

8. Woffully Arraid For 4 Voices: Woefully Arrayed

9. Stabat Mater Dolorosa For 5 Voices: Stabat Mater

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Track List: Palestrina Masses: Missa Benedicta Es

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Benedicta Es Tu, Virgo Maria, Gradual In Mode 5 (Liber Usualis No. 1317)

1. Benedicta Es Tu, Virgo Maria, Gradual In Mode 5 (Liber Usualis No. 1317): (Plainchant) Benedicta Es

Composer: Josquin Desprez
Title: Benedicta Es, Coelourum Regina, Motet For 6 Parts

2. Benedicta Es, Coelourum Regina, Motet For 6 Parts: (Josquin Des Pres) Benedicta Es

Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Title: Missa Benedicta Es, For 6 Voices

3. Missa Benedicta Es, For 6 Voices: Kyrie

4. Missa Benedicta Es, For 6 Voices: Gloria

5. Missa Benedicta Es, For 6 Voices: Credo

6. Missa Benedicta Es, For 6 Voices: Sanctus & Benedictus

7. Missa Benedicta Es, For 6 Voices: Agnus Dei I & II

Title: Missa Nasce La Gioia Mia, For 6 Voices

8. Missa Nasce La Gioia Mia, For 6 Voices: Kyrie

9. Missa Nasce La Gioia Mia, For 6 Voices: Gloria

10. Missa Nasce La Gioia Mia, For 6 Voices: Credo

11. Missa Nasce La Gioia Mia, For 6 Voices: Sanctus & Benedictus

12. Missa Nasce La Gioia Mia, For 6 Voices: Agnus Dei I & II

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Track List: Cristóbal de Morales: Missa Si bona suscipimus

Composer: Philippe Verdelot
Title: Si Bona Suscepimus

1. Si Bona Suscepimus: Si Bona Suscepimus

Composer: Cristóbal de Morales
Title: Missa Si Bona Suscepimus

2. Missa Si Bona Suscepimus: Kyrie

3. Missa Si Bona Suscepimus: Gloria

4. Missa Si Bona Suscepimus: Credo

5. Missa Si Bona Suscepimus: Sanctus & Benedictus

6. Missa Si Bona Suscepimus: Agnus Dei I, II & III

Composer: Thomas Crecquillon
Title: Andreas Christi Famulus, Motet

7. Andreas Christi Famulus, Motet: Andreas Christi Famulus

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Track List: Cipriano De Rore: Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem

Composer: Josquin Desprez
Title: Praeter Rerum Seriem, Motet For 6 Parts

1. Praeter Rerum Seriem, Motet For 6 Parts: Praeter Rerum Seriem

Composer: Cipriano de Rore
Title: Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem

2. Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem: Kyrie

3. Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem: Gloria

4. Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem: Credo

5. Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem: Sanctus

6. Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem: Agnus Dei

Title: Infelix Ego, Motet

7. Infelix Ego, Motet: Infelix Ego

Title: Parce Mihi, Motet

8. Parce Mihi, Motet: Parce Mihi

Title: Ave Regina Caelorum, Motet

9. Ave Regina Caelorum, Motet: Ave Regina Caelorum

Title: Descendi In Hortum Meum

10. Descendi In Hortum Meum: Descendi In Hortum Meum

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Track List: Lbo: Requiem; Missa Vox Clamantis

Title: Requiem For Six Voices

1. Requiem For Six Voices: Introitus: Requiem Aeternam

2. Requiem For Six Voices: Kyrie

3. Requiem For Six Voices: Graduale: Requiem Aeternam

4. Requiem For Six Voices: Sequentia Pro Defunctis: Dies Irae

5. Requiem For Six Voices: Offertorium: Domine, Jesu Christe

6. Requiem For Six Voices: Sanctus & Benedictus

7. Requiem For Six Voices: Agnus Dei, I, II & III

8. Requiem For Six Voices: Communio: Lux Aeterna

9. Requiem For Six Voices: Responsorium Pro Defunctis: Memento Mei

Title: Missa Vox Clamantis

10. Missa Vox Clamantis: Kyrie

11. Missa Vox Clamantis: Gloria

12. Missa Vox Clamantis: Credo

13. Missa Vox Clamantis: Sanctus & Benedictus

14. Missa Vox Clamantis: Agnus Dei I & II

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Track List: John Sheppard: Media Vita

1. Media Vita, Motet For 6 Voices: Media Vita

2. Christe Redemptor Omnium, Motet For 5 Voices: Christe Redemptor Omnium

3. Reges Tharsis Et Insulae For 6 Voices: Reges Tharsis Et Insulae

4. Sacris Solemniis Iuncta Sit Gaudia, Motet For 8 Voices: Sacris Solemniis

5. In Manus Tuas Domine [No. 1], For 3 Voices: In Manus Tuas I

6. In Manus Tuas Domine II For 4 Voices: In Manus Tuas II

7. In Manus Tuas Domine [No. 3], Motet For 4 Voices: In Manus Tuas III

8. Verbum Caro Factum Est For 6 Voices: Verbum Caro Factum Est

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Track List: Clemens Non Papa: Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis

Title: Pastores Quidnam Vidistis

1. Pastores Quidnam Vidistis: Pastores Quidnam Vidistis

Title: Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis

2. Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis: Kyrie

3. Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis: Gloria

4. Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis: Credo

5. Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis: Sanctus And Benedictus

6. Missa Pastores Quidnam Vidistis: Agnus Dei

Title: Tribulationes Civitatum

7. Tribulationes Civitatum: Triibulationes Civitum

Title: Pater Peccavi

8. Pater Peccavi: Pater Peccavi

Title: Ego Flos Campi

9. Ego Flos Campi: Ego Flos Campi

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Crystal clear tonality. Beautiful harmony. Very edifying. Richard Hammer, steinmeister h a m m e r @ g m a i l . c o m

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