Stunning, heart rending compositions & performance
Frank Lynch | Brooklyn, NY USA | 09/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like others, my first exposure to Tallis' music came through Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Variations On A Theme By Thomas Tallis." The theme on which those variations are based is on this CD (track 14, Third Tune for Archbishop Parker's Psalter), and you will be surprised when you hear the theme sung by the human voice, rather than RVW's strings. It is simply beautiful, and yet also somehow strident. So this CD will be a successful springboard into Tallis' music proper.The Lamentations are beautifully sung, and have so much complexity to them that they will command your attention and then your heart. Other compositions here have a similar effect, but that is not to say that the entire CD is somber. It's never 'merry', but you won't come away depressed. Strong buy."