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Renaissance Polyphony

Lucie Skeaping is joined by Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars to explore some of the defining qualities and the ethos of Renaissance polyphony.

Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars have specialised in the performance of Renaissance polyphony for over thirty years. They have built a reputation for bringing some of the greatest European church music of the 16th and 17th centuries onto the concert platform. So what has prompted such an enthusiasm? Lucie Skeaping explores with Peter and the group some of the qualities and the ethos of Renaissance polyphony. She learns how working with this music has encouraged the group to find a distinctive sound and performing methodology. The programme includes extracts from some of the Tallis Scholars' many recordings.

First broadcast 03/10/2009.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Thomas Tallis

    O Sacrum Convivium

    Performer: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL CDGIM 998.
    • 6.
  • John Taverner

    Western Wind Mass - Sanctus and Benedictus

    Performer: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL CDGIM 027.
    • 3.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Surge, illuminare

    Performer: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL CDGIM 994.
    • 2.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Lamentations 1

    Performer: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL CDGIM 996.
    • 2.
  • Gregorio Allegri

    Miserere

    Performer: Roy Goodman. Performer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • DECCA 466 373-2.
    • 1.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Salvator mundi

    Performer: The Clerkes of Oxenford. Conductor: David Wulstan.
    • CALLIOPE CAL9623.
    • 7.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Gloria (Missa Papae Marcelli)

    Performer: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL CDGIM 041.
    • 4.
  • William Mundy

    Adolescentulus sum ergo

    Performer: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL CDGIM 998.
    • 7.
  • Victoria

    Sanctus and Benedictus (Requiem)

    Performer: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL CDGIM 012.
    • 6.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O Sacrum Convivium

    Performer: Peter Phillips. Performer: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL : CDGIM 998, Track 6.
  • John Taverner

    Sanctus & Benedictus from Western Wind Mass

    Performer: Peter Phillips. Performer: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL : CDGIM 027, Track 3.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Surge, illuminare

    Performer: Peter Phillips. Performer: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL : CDGIM 994, Track 2.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Lamentations I

    Performer: Peter Phillips. Performer: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL : CDGIM 996, Track 2.
  • Gregorio Allegri

    Miserere

    Performer: Roy Goodman. Performer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Sir David Willcocks.
    • DECCA : 466 373-2, Track 1.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Salvator mundi

    Performer: Clerkes of Oxfenford. Performer: David Wulstan.
    • CALLIOPE : CAL 9623, Track 7.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Gloria from Missa Papae Marcelli

    Performer: Peter Phillips. Performer: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL : CDGIM 041, Track 4.
  • William Mundy

    Adolescentulus sum ergo

    Performer: Peter Phillips. Performer: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL : CDGIM 998, Track 7.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Requiem - Sanctus & Benedictus

    Performer: Peter Phillips. Performer: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL : CDGIM 012, Track 6.
  • Alonso Lobo

    Alonso Lobo: Libera me

    Conductor: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • CORO : COR 16128.
    • CORO.
    • 3.

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