Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation

Nov 2017
75 minutes
Obsidian Records

Thomas Tallis was active across the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. He famously mastered all forms, old and new, as dictated by the changing religious landscape in 16th-century England. He died in 1585, very ancient and celebrated, and today is acknowledged widely as the Father of English Church Music. This is a recording that not only demonstrates his consummate skills in many genres, but one of new discoveries. Featured among these is the first recording of an early version of his grand six-part Gaude gloriosa dei mater, but with words by none other than Henry VIII’s last wife, Queen Katherine Parr.

ALAMIRE, directed by David Skinner
Sopranos: Camilla Harris, Katy Hill, Kirsty Hopkins
Altos: Helen Charlston, Martha McLorinan, Clare Wilkinson
Tenors: Guy Cutting, Steven Harrold, Nick Todd, Simon Wall
Baritones: Gregory Skidmore, Timothy Scott Whiteley
Basses: William Gaunt, Robert Macdonald

Cantor in the Litany: Edward Grint

Soloists in tracks 1 & 13:
Soprano 1: Kirsty Hopkins
Soprano 2: Camilla Harris
Alto 1: Clare Wilkinson
Alto 2: Martha McLorinan
Tenor 1: Nicholas Todd
Tenor 2: Simon Wall
Baritone: Timothy Whiteley
Bass 1: William Gaunt
Bass 2: Robert Macdonald

Asako Morikawa, treble
Reiko Ichise, tenor
Sam Stadlen, tenor/bass
William Hunt, bass
Richard Boothby, bass

Recorded in the Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, 2-4 May 2017
Project Patron: Mrs Patricia Brown
Producer: Adrian Peacock
Engineer and Mastering: Jim Gross
Editions: David Skinner (1, 3-5, 7-9, 13); John Milsom (2, 10, 12); Andrew Johnstone (11).

Track Listing: 

1. Gaude gloriosa dei mater
2. When Jesus went [Salvator mundi II]
3. O Lord, give thy holy spirit
4. Hear the voice and prayer
5. Purge me, O Lord
6. Solfaing Song
7. Verily, verily, I say unto you
8. If ye love me
9. O Lord, in thee is all my trust
10. Libera nos
11. The Litany
12. Fantasia [O sacrum convivium]
13. Se lord and behold (Contrafact of Gaude gloriosa; text by Queen Katherine Parr, 1544)