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Tallis: Spem in alium; Missa Salve intemerata ()

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composed by Thomas Tallis

Tallis: Spem in alium; Missa Salve intemerata - Oxford Camerata (choir, chorus); Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
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  1. Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299
  2. Salve intemerata virgo, motet (antiphon) for 5 voices, P. 144
  3. Mass "Salve intemerata", for 5 voices, P. 3
  4. Salvator mundi (I) (also set as "Arise O Lord" and "With all our hearts"), motet for 5 voices, P. 216
  5. Discomfort them, O Lord, for 5 voices (contrafacta of Absterge Domine)
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  1. Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299
  2. Salve intemerata virgo, motet (antiphon) for 5 voices, P. 144
  3. Mass "Salve intemerata", for 5 voices, P. 3
  4. Salvator mundi (I) (also set as "Arise O Lord" and "With all our hearts"), motet for 5 voices, P. 216
  5. Discomfort them, O Lord, for 5 voices (contrafacta of Absterge Domine)
  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
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Thomas Tallis was a composer who inclined toward musical extremes -- or sometimes was pushed toward them. The opening title track of this CD, Spem in alium, is a 40-voice motet for eight five-voice choirs. There's nothing like it in the Renaissance repertory except for an Italian piece to which it was written in answer, as a response to a challenge. A major achievement of Tallis' old age, it is balanced on this recording by an enormous (23-minute) motet, Salve intemerata, by the young Tallis, as well as a later Missa salve ...

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