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Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

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Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003
Taverner Consort & Choir; Andrew Parrott, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 303 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 62230 2 8 | 02:09:27

The Taverner Consort & Choir under Andrew Parrott recorded “Spem in alium” 1986/87 at St.John-at-Hackney in London, combined with other latin motets by Tallis (among them The Lamentations of Jeremiah). This is an excellent recording with good transparency and spacial structuring. Good voices (all solo), with the support of a bass sackbut and two chamber organs.

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort and Players - Bach: Christ lag in Todes Banden; Easter Oratorio (1994)

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Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort and Players - Bach: Christ lag in Todes Banden; Easter Oratorio (1994)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort and Players - Bach: Christ lag in Todes Banden; Easter Oratorio (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 59:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 5 45011 2 | Recorded: 1993

Andrew Parrott was the first conductor to adopt Joshua Rifkin's controversial one-singer-per-part approach to Bach's "choral" music (other than Rifkin himself, that is). On the whole, Parrott and his ensemble make a good case for both one-per-part practice and their own performances. Once the ear adjusts, the balance is excellent: the vocal parts don't dominate the orchestra (as many listeners accustomed to a chorus expect); they are equal partners with it–which suits Bach's intricate and often dense writing for instruments and voices.

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort - Purcell: Ode for St Cecilia's Day & Music for Queen Mary (1999)

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Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort - Purcell: Ode for St Cecilia's Day & Music for Queen Mary (1999)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort - Purcell: Ode for St Cecilia's Day & Music for Queen Mary (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 444 Mb | Total time: 54:40+56:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 7243 5 61582 21 | Recorded: 1985,1988

…Parrott parades his smooth and integrated forces with less instant theatricality. Instead we have here a typically homogeneous and unfolding scenario: how organically and gently "Tis Nature's voice" emerges, with Rogers Covey-Crump expressing the passions with a wonderful air of mystery. So too, "Soul of the world" — what a transcendent concluding passage — which has never been bettered for atmosphere and clarity of ensemble. The solo singing here is good (there is some exquisite work from Emma Kirkby and from tenors Charles Daniels and Paul Elliott in "In vain the am'rous flute").

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Carmelite Vespers 1707 (1999)

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Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Carmelite Vespers 1707 (1999)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Carmelite Vespers 1707 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 439 Mb | Total time: 57:20+63:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 61579 2 | Recorded: 1987

His own Lutheranism notwithstanding, Handel wrote some remarkable music for the Catholic liturgy while in Rome as a young man. In our era they've been performed in the concert hall–large-scale, multi-movement pieces such as the robust Dixit Dominus and the gracious Nisi Dominus in particular coming across as miniature oratorios. But they were, in fact, church music–as Andrew Parrott reminds us with this speculative reconstruction of a lavish 1707 Vespers service for which the young Handel provided music. The performance by Parrott and his Taverner groups is exhilarating. The Dixit Dominus in particular packs a real wallop.