Hyperion Records CDA68121
Tallis: Lamentations & other sacred music
Superlative performances of the Tallis Lamentations make this penultimate volume in The Cardinall’s Musick cycle something rather special. Andrew Carwood’s typically inspiring commentaries further enhance an album to savour.
“Ten English composers set the Latin text of the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the mid-16th century, in the reigns both of the Catholic Queen Mary and the Protestant Elizabeth I. Precise details are hard to establish of when works were performed, as Andrew Carwood explains in an illuminating note to this disc, but there seems little doubt that Tallis, though a Catholic, wrote his masterpiece for Elizabeth. The repeated final lines, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, turn to the Lord your God”, unforgettable once heard, have a dark resonance here, thanks to the sonorous basses of the Cardinall’s Musick (Robert Macdonald, Simon Whiteley). The rest of this fine recording draws on music from across Tallis’s career, with English and Latin settings (Sancte Deus, Te Deum, Come, Holy Ghost and more). The singers reach the highest standards.”
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian (April 17 2016)
Released 29 April 2016