Best O/T Renaissance Best of, Classical
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|3. Mass For Five Voices: Kyrie|
|4. Mass For Five Voices: Gloria|
|5. Mass For Five Voices: Credo|
|6. Mass For Five Voices: Sanctus - Benedictus|
|7. Mass For Five Voicesd: Agnus Dei|
|8. Missa 'Pange lingua': Kyrie|
|9. Missa 'Pange lingua': Gloria|
|10. Missa 'Pange lingua': Credo|
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|1. Tenebrac Responsories For Holy Saturday: Recessit pastor noster|
|2. Tenebrac Responsories For Holy Saturday: O vos omnes|
|3. Tenebrac Responsories For Holy Saturday: Ecce quomodo moritur justus|
|4. Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie|
|5. Missa Papae Marcelli: Gloria|
|6. Missa Papae Marcelli: Credo|
|7. Missa Papae Marcelli: Sanctus - Benedictus|
|8. Missa Papae Marcelli: Agnus Dei I - II - III|
|9. Osculetur me|
|10. Salve Regina|
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As hateful and usually untrue as most "Best of" collections are, this one is the real thing. You actually do get two hours and 20 minutes of Renaissance music performed so exquisitely, so correctly, and so passionately that it's as if an entire era in music makes itself understood through these CDs. The Tallis Scholars are as good as it gets in this repertoire. In addition to getting Allegri's gorgeous Miserere, you'll find Thomas Tallis's 40-part (40!) Spem in alium, some wonderfully weird and dissonant Responsories by Gesualdo, Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli (the "how-to" piece of the Renaissance popes, who demanded that the words be understood), and various other works. This stuff is like a finely woven tapestry and should be listened to bits at a time--it's amazingly rich and worth it. --Robert Levine
Top Customer Reviews
Although I am a sort of purist who hates when people say they listen to classical music just to relax, I find this CD set is perfect for inspiring reflection and relaxation. So, if you're looking for good music to relax to, this would be an excellent purchase.
The same goes if you're looking for some great Renaissance music. However, the term "Best of the Renaissance" may be a bit of a misnomer; the CD does not include a vast array of music from the said era. This collection is solely /a cappella/ music. Perhaps a more fitting title would be "The Best of Renaissance Choral Music." If you're looking for a broad sampling of music from this time period in one CD collection, this may not be for you. Nevertheless, if you want well performed choral music by some great composers, I recommend this CD to both Renaissance neophytes and aficionados without reservation.
To begin with, three Masses are featured on this album,two on the first cd. That is too much to my liking. And while the Mass Pange Lingua by Desprez is undoubtedly a wonderful piece, the other masses are not the best: the Mass for five voices by Byrd, while very beautiful, lacks the depth, emotion and intimacy of his Mass for three voices. The Missa Papae Marcelli by Palestrina is brilliant but nothing more than an academic exercise in virtuosity.
And I definitely do not appreciate Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday. This is simply very mediocre music that nobody would care for if it did not sound modern in its cerebral ugliness and thereby flatter our infatuation with ourselves.
I recommend "The Essential Tallis Scholars" either instead of or in addition to "The Best of the Renaissance", depending on your pocket and interest for Renaissance choral music. I would also recommend O Magnum Mysterium by the Robert Shaw festival singers. Although only a third of that album is devoted to Renaissance music, the interpretation is so beautiful and spiritual that it is really worth having in your Renaissance music collection.
This CD does a superb job of giving us bits and pieces of 200 years of music, spanning from the turn of the 15th century and Josquin Desprez to the very late Renaissance and Allegri's incomparable Miserere Me. The one reason to choose this CD over the Silver offering is the fact that this one contains 3 whole masses - Byrd, Josquin, and Palestrina; this allows for some delightful comparison of 3 masses composed at different times and under differing circumstances in this era.
Enough said - do yourself a favour and have a listen - you will not regret it!
Most recent customer reviews
I perchased this cd and am truly truly glad I did. The sound makes me want to get somewhere and just cry out to God in joy, praise and reverence. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Richard_thegreat
Many CDs bearing the title "the best of..." contain a hit or two and other works are there to fill the space in between without raising the costs too much. Read morePublished on May 14 2002 by Piotr
Wau, buy it, don't think about anything else. Just by it and feel a very deep emotion a kind of espiritual becoming. It's one of the bests recordings about reinacence. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2001 by eduardo rigada soto
I bought this without hearing it first and it is incredible. CD insert explains the pieces. I highly recommend it.Published on Nov. 19 1999
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