Press and Reviews

Taverner gets 100 percent thumbs up on Classical.net!

If Obsidian carries on like this, it'll have a 100% record. Founded only in the last couple of years, its handful of CDs features such performers as Fretwork; the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; the QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble; Lynda Sayce and Andrew Lawrence King. It is the 13-strong (on these recordings) vocal consort, Alamire, directed by David Skinner which continues the label's winning streak of superb releases of Renaissance this time – in the first of an extremely ambitious and welcome survey of early English church music over a projected 30 volumes.

CD Taverner
Release Date: 
Dec 2011

2011-12 Alamire Electronic Press Pack now available for download

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Edition Peters Artist Management

Release Date: 
Dec 2011

Taverner Raves!

"Music of outstanding quality ... luminous tibre ... the purity of tone and accuracy of tuning throughout this programme are about as fine as I have ever heard ... a sumptuous wash of sound that is at the same time highly intelligible ... beautifully produced." Andrew O'Connor

CD Taverner
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International Record Review

Release Date: 
Nov 2011

10/10 for Cantiones Sacrae on the Web

"David Skinner and his Alamire vocal ensemble are building an impressive discography, and this new recording begins a new project—a 30-volume Library of English Music from the High Middle Ages to the Commonwealth. Here they present Tallis and Byrd’s Cantiones Sacrae “in its entirety” and “in the original order intended by the composers.” For these performances Skinner drew from an original copy of the 1575 set of “sacred songs”, plus reputable modern editions of the music.

Cantiones Sacrae CD
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ClassicsToday.com

Release Date: 
May 2011

Cantiones Sacrae: Recording of the Month on the Web

"Despite the (very) high quality of other recordings of this music, this new release sweeps the board, if only because it offers the only current collection to bring all the music together. For all Tallis’s partial success and Byrd’s almost total success in writing for the new English liturgy, it is their Latin settings that show their absolute command of renaissance polyphony and nowhere more so than in this collection dedicated to Queen Elizabeth in 1575 - 17 pieces by each of these loyal recusants to mark the 17th anniversary of her reign."

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MusicWeb International

Release Date: 
Mar 2011

Gramophone Feature: Centuries of Change

David Skinner begins a 10-year, 30-disc project to explore three centuries of English choral music. Richard Lawrence reports.

The full article may be read here: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/interviews/centuries-of-change

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Gramophone Online

Release Date: 
Mar 2011

Cantiones Sacrae named Gramophone Editor's Choice

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The Gramophone

Release Date: 
Mar 2011

Cantiones Sacrae

"[Alamire] perform expressively throughout, while Skinner injects passion into every note."

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The Sunday Times

Release Date: 
Jan 2011

St John's Smith Square Christmas Festival

"David Skinner is a charming master of ceremonies ... Scrumptious harmonies served up by this most luminous of consorts ... Alamire's fabulous blend of eminently traceable individual lines ... Heaven."

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The Independent on Sunday

Release Date: 
Dec 2009

Henry's Music on the Web

"[Alamire's] measured and dignified style is wholly in touch with such an approach, which values introspection over spectacle. Their style is tempered yet enthusiastic, careful yet invigorating ... it makes for a very satisfying listening experience."

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Release Date: 
May 2009