Josquin - L'homme armé Masses

Two masses by Josquin based on the popular L'homme armé melody. 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 CD or Album Download please click the link to the Hyperion Records website.

CDGIM 019

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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