40th Anniversary release goes straight to number one
11 November 2013
The Tallis Scholars new recording of John Taverner's Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, released on the exact anniversary of their first concert on 3 November 1973, has entered the UK Specialist Classical Chart at number one. It is also the highest non-crossover album in the UK Classical Artists Chart.
Peter Phillips says:
"It is a wonderful tribute to The Tallis Scholars that the recording released to celebrate our 40th anniversary has gone straight to number one in the Specialist Classical Chart. It is equally exciting that it has entered the mainstream Classical Chart at number 10. When I started the Tallis Scholars it was my dream to show that renaissance sacred music was one of the great repertories of Western classical music - on a par with symphonies, concertos and string quartets. This achievement today has been another step on that path.
I chose to celebrate our 40th anniversary with John Taverner’s Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas because I believe it to be one of the greatest compositions ever to have been written in England – a perfect ambassador for the repertoire we have made our own. If one thinks of the melodic beauty of a Britten opera, the variety contained in an Elgar symphony or the sheer invention of a Purcell anthem, Taverner matches them at every point. It is also spectacularly difficult to sing, requiring a very high degree of expertise from its performers. I felt there was no better piece to show-case what The Tallis Scholars have achieved in their years of dedication to polyphony: a summation of Taverner’s art as well as our own.”
The recording has received superb reviews:
"Svelte and sublime ... with ecstatic results" Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
"a thrilling sound ... a great display piece for the ensemble ... unsurpassed" Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 CD Review
"the loveliness of this issue" David Fallows, Gramophone
"it's quite simply stunning" Robert Levett, International Record Review