The Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips perform sacred choral music by two Renaissance masters - the Italian Carlo Gesualdo and the Englishman John Taverner.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Catherine Bott
Taverner: Kyrie 'Leroy'
Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas - Gloria
Gesualdo: Ave, dulcissima Maria
Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas - Credo
Gesualdo: Ave, regina caelorum
Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas - Sanctus
Gesualdo: Maria, mater gratiae
Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas - Agnus dei
Peter Phillips (conductor)
The Tallis Scholars are the choral group who, arguably, have done more than any other in this country to bring the sacred Renaissance masterpieces of the Golden Age back to life. In their 40th anniversary season they perform music by a composer who himself has an anniversary - Carlo Gesualdo, born 400 years ago this year. This 16th-century Neapolitan prince, notoriously, murdered his wife and her lover when he caught them in flagrante, and then - the story goes - spent the rest of his life in seclusion, atoning for this act of violence by composing a stream of sacred works whose highly-charged emotional expression shed a light on his own tortured state of mind. Alongside this intense, mannered music, a gloriously radiant setting of the mass by the English Tudor composer John Taverner - founding choirmaster of what is now Christ Church, Oxford, before falling from grace in the wake of his master - Cardinal Wolsey.