Choral 17-18: The Tallis Scholars - Spem in alium

White - Domine quis habitabit
Sheppard - Missa Cantate
Sutton - Salve Regina
White - Magnificat
Tallis - Spem in alium

Peter Phillips, director


Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium stands as one of the most astonishing achievements of the human spirit, unrivalled in the a cappella idiom in its complexity. The very size and scope of it calls for forces which enable us to programme some other substantial masterpieces we cannot normally perform: Sheppard’s 6-voice Missa Cantate; and Robert White’s glorious Magnificat, replete with a triple gimell.

But perhaps the pièce de résistance in this context is John Sutton’s 7-voice Salve Regina from the Eton Choirbook. It may have fewer parts than Spem, but it is just as much of a challenge to sing.

The final concert in the Choral at Cadogan 2017-18 series.
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