The Tallis Scholars
BYRD: Laetentur caeli; Salve regina; Vigilate
TAVERNER: Missa Western Wynde
DAVY: Salve regina
Arguably the world's leading vocal ensemble of Renaissance polyphony, the Tallis Scholars lend their luminous voices to a program that speaks to their prodigious strengths. Three motets by William Byrd, whose music the group has sung for decades, highlight the British composer's intricate counterpoint (Laetentur caeli), artful word painting (Vigilate), and deep Catholic faith (Salve regina). Taverner's influential Western Wynde Mass, an extravagant set of variations on a popular secular theme, showcases the mastery of his craft. "The rapt, unbelievably high soaring of the sopranos in Taverner's Mass was uncanny. You could hardly believe it emanated from mortal throats" (The Telegraph, London).
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