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The Aids Memorial

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Par Fiona Maddocks - 1 mn

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Classical music on CD, on air and online

Founded by their director, Peter Phillips, in 1973, the Tallis Scholars still ride high among small vocal ensembles – lithe, pure-sounding and vigorous as ever in performance of Renaissance polyphony. Their latest disc of Josquin’s Missa Guadeamus and Missa L’ami Baudichon (Gimmell) exceeds expectation. These two sharply contrasting works, one bristling with mathematical patterns, the other based on a vulgar popular song, comprise the seventh of nine albums in the Tallis Scholars’ series of Josquin’s 19 highly distinctive masses, to be completed by the composer’s 500th anniversary in 2021.

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It’s a good time for excellent British choral releases: the Sixteen ’s rapturously sung Star of Heaven (Coro) combines music from the Eton Choirbook with new commissions by Joseph Phibbs, Phillip Cooke, James MacMillan and Marco Galvani, as well as Hallowed by Stephen Hough. Th e latest from the six-strong Marian Consort , brilliant discoverers, and ex...