The Tallis Scholars Return to the Music of John Taverner for their 3rd consecutive No.1 recording and Announce U.S. Tour
"Even the most diehard of the Tallis Scholars' supporters who thought they'd heard everything by now will be bowled over by this astonishing performance of an astonishing work."
- EARLY MUSIC MAGAZINE
Following their critically acclaimed recording of Missa Gloria tipi Trinitas, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars return once again to the music of John Taverner with the Missa Corona spinea. The album debuted this week at No.1 on the Official Charts (UK) Specialist Classical. This marks the groups third consecutive No.1 release.
A challenging mass setting, the magnificence of its conception can be heard in both the overall structure of the movements and the detail within the vocal writing. Taverner felt able to ignore the natural boundaries of the text and experiment with scoring. It is believed to have been a commissioned work, but the occasion and commissioner's identity remain unknown. Taverner set Dum transisset Sabbatum twice. The first has always been the more famous, but the second is just as engaging and offers quite a different interpretation of the possibilities. With this program, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars give us a repose from the noisy and insistent world in which we live. Available now on Gimell Records.
Catch them on their eight-city North American tour beginning in Washington D.C. on December 3rd.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
DEC 3 The Kennedy Center - Washington, DC
DEC 4 Cathdral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul - Philadelphia, PA
DEC 5 Church of St. Mary the Virgin - New York, NY
DEC 7 Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica- Ottawa, ON
DEC 8 Perimeter Institute - Waterloo, ON
DEC 11 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - Kansas City, MO
DEC 12 Boston Early Music Festival - Boston, MA
DEC 13 The Royal Conservatory - Toronto, ON
Also, on Sunday, December 20, Classical Radio Boston, 99.5 WCRB will broadcast a taping of the Tallis Scholars's December 12th concert, "A Boy is Born", presented by the Boston Early Music Festival at St. Paul Church in Cambridge. The program features the music of John Sheppard, Thomas Tallis, and Arvo Pärt. Tune in at 7pm EST, or catch the program later via on-demand listening at classicalwcrb.org.
"The more relaxed attitude of the new version, allows every detail to come through" -GRAMOPHONE CHOICE
"After 40 years Phillips is still maintaining his high standard." - FANFARE
-AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"The emphasis as ever with the Tallis Scholars, is on clarity, precision, continuity of line." - THE OBSERVER