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Thomas Tallis - The Complete Works on nine discs

Tallis is dead and music dies. So wrote William Byrd, Tallis's most distinguished pupil, capturing the esteem and veneration in which Tallis was held by his fellow composers and musical colleagues in the 16th century and, indeed, by the four monarchs he served at the Chapel Royal. Tallis was undoubtedly the greatest of the 16th century composers; in craftsmanship, versatility and intensity of expression, the sheer uncluttered beauty and drama of his music reach out and speak directly to the listener. It is surprising that hitherto so little of Tallis's music has been regularly performed and that so much is not satisfactorily published.

This series of nine discs covers Tallis's complete surviving output from his five decades of composition, and includes the contrafacta, the secular songs and the instrumental music - much of which was hitherto unrecorded. Great attention has been paid to performance detail including pitch, pronunciation and the music's liturgical context. As a result new editions of the music were required for the recordings, many of which will in time be published by the Cantiones Press.

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Music for Philip II of Spain

A disc of music commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Philip II of Spain in 1598. The disc includes the stunning six part Requiem for men's voices by Jean Richafort. 

Requiem and Vespers for Francisco Guerrero

A disc of music commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of the Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero.  The disc includes the four part Requiem for men's voices and some of his as yet little known music for Vespers

Music for Charles V

A disc of music celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1500. The disc includes the five part mass L'homme arme by Cristóbal Morales.

Thomas Tallis - The Complete Works

Vol. 1 - Music for Henry VIII
Vol. 2 - Music at the Reformation
Vol. 3 - Music for Queen Mary
Vol. 4 - Music for the Divine Office - 1
Vol. 5 - Music for the Divine Office - 2
Vol. 6 - The Anglican Service - Music for a Reformed church
Vol. 7 - Music for Queen Elizabeth
Vol. 8 - The Lamentations and contrafacta
Vol. 9 - Instrumental and secular music

Thomas Tallis Complete Works - Boxed Set
Spem in Alium & Sing and Glorify - CD Single

Music for Philip II of Spain
Requiem and Vespers for Francisco Guerrero
Music for Charles V

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