The Cardinall's Musick / Andrew Carwood

Tallis: The Votive Antiphons

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Supplied as devotional music for the daily office, the votive antiphon was one of the principal choral forms of 16th century England, along with settings of the Ordinary of the Mass and the Magnificat. Thomas Tallis composed seven votive antiphons which are brought together on this 2018 compilation, and the fluctuations in religious practices under the Tudors are reflected in these works' subtle changes of style and differences of theology, whether they complied with the restrictions imposed by the Protestant reformation under Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Elizabeth I, or the brief Catholic restoration under Mary I. Andrew Carwood and The Cardinall's Musick give warm and deeply expressive performances that treat Tallis' counterpoint with pure tones, transparent textures, and flowing lines that occasionally reveal poignant cross-relations and radiant harmonies. This compilation draws on five albums issued between 2005 and 2016, where the antiphons were mixed with other motets, though the album flows with consistent sound quality because all performances were recorded in the resonant space of Fitzalan Chapel of Arundel Castle.

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