Tallis: Spem in alium; Lamentations of Jeremiah; O sacrum convivium

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COMPOSERS: Tallis
LABELS: Carlton
WORKS: Spem in alium; Lamentations of Jeremiah; O sacrum convivium
PERFORMER: Pro Cantione Antiqua/Mark Brown
CATALOGUE NO: 30366 00952
The first part of this Tallis programme features the 40-part motet Spem in alium and a group of English anthems. Here, Pro Cantione Antiqua’s leisurely pace denies the motet’s inherent vitality and the ensemble is not always ideally focused in the other works. However, this group’s heartfelt expressiveness generally sounds well in the Latin pieces that follow. For instance, the Lamentations, and items such as ‘In ieiunio’ and ‘Salvator mundi’ from Cantiones Sacrae, vividly display their apt textual characterisation. Nicholas Rast

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