Josquin - Missa Pange lingua & Missa La sol fa re mi

This album won the Gramophone magazine Record of the Year Award in 1987, the first time an independent label received this prestigious award. These recordings are also available on The Tallis Scholars sing Josquin, a specially-priced double album.

For the track list and album notes and to buy the Album Download please click the link to the Hyperion Records website.

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As our awards enter their fourth decade, we've paused and looked back over the first 30 years. It's gratifying to see how many of the recordings singled out for the prestigious Record of the Year have gone on to become classics of the catalogue. One thinks of Sir Charles Mackerras's Janacek operas, or Karajan's still-astounding Mahler Ninth, or one of the most heart-warming of all recordings of an entire oeuvre - the Beaux Arts Trio in Haydn's piano trios. Then there are the discs that shaped careers - violinists Nigel Kennedy (in Elgar) and Maxim Vengerov (in Prokofiev and Shostakovich) - to which you might add The Tallis Scholars' stunning disc of Masses by Josquin Desprez, a disc that elevated Early Music to the "mainstream".

James Jolly

Gramophone, 1 October 2008

The Tallis Scholars are arguably the best choir ever to record the repertoire of the fifteenth and sixteenth century. They come from a long tradition of excellent English choirs, the background to which is formed by the choral foundations of Oxford, Cambridge, and the English cathedrals, which support choirs of men and boys. Professional ensembles that developed in the 1960s and 1970s replaced the boys with falsettists, while the Tallis Scholars took the step of using women on the top lines instead of men or boys. The result is a choir whose tuning, ensemble, and general presentation are nearly flawless, and whose recordings are widely perceived as definitive. The praise is justified, but with the idea of definitive recordings lies a danger ...

Reproduced from The Josquin Companion, page 633, published by Oxford University Press

Peter Urquhart

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