1 Magnificat [10:06] 2 Nunc Dimittis [3:12] 3 Sancte Deus [5:58] 4 Conditor Kyrie [2:24]
Mass for four voices 5 – Gloria [5:17] 6 – Credo [6:40] 7 – Sanctus [3:00] 8 – Benedictus [2:54] 9 - Agnus Dei [4:14] 10 Remember not, O Lord God [3:11] 11 Hear the voice and prayer [3:15] 12 If ye love me [2:13] 13 A new commandment [2:50] 14 Benedictus [6:25] 15 Te deum for meanes [8:55]
This disc is the second in a series of nine covering the complete works of Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585).
As the 1540s developed, the Reformation began to take hold and the style of music required from composers such as Tallis altered radically. The large-scale melismatic votive antiphons (for example those on disc 1) were no longer required; the emphasis moved away from Marian devotion to a more syllabic and compact style and, eventually, to settings of English rather than Latin texts. Disc two traces this development from the Jesus antiphon Sancte Deus, to the mass for four voices, the three early English anthems including If ye love me, the Te Deum for meanes and the Elizabethan Magnificat and Nunc dimittis.
Formed in 1994 and directed by Alistair Dixon Chapelle du Roi is an ensemble of eight singers, many of whom are in the first few years of their professional careers. The choir specialises in performing and recording sacred music of the late medieval, and Renaissance periods.
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