Purity of Voice

The Tallis Scholars performed at Portsmouth Cathedral last Friday night. I changed my mind several times over the course of the concert. Each piece proceeded with one more beautiful than the last.

The opening piece, Monody's L'Homme Arme, impressed with the unity of the starting and ending and purity of the voices.

The Tallis Scholars sang each piece with such great voices, resounding in the beautiful setting of the  Cathedral.

The programme selection, some played at royal funerals past, made me think of what I might like played in my own funeral. Some of the pieces were so beautiful and fast paced that it sounded as though death is something joyful.

Overall, I thought both the Victoria's pieces were the best and certainly the Tallis Scholar ended the concert stunningly with the Libera me from Missa pro Defunctis.

Review: The Tallis Scholars, Friday 20 June, 7.30pm at Portsmouth Cathedral

PS: I looked up Victoria, whose full name is Tomás Luis de Victoria and I lift this brief paragraph from Wikipedia about him

Tomás Luis de Victoria, sometimes Italianised as da Vittoria (c.1548 – 20 August 1611), was the most famous composer of the 16th century in Spain, and one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation, along with Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Orlando di Lasso. Victoria was not only a composer, but also an accomplished organist and singer as well as a Catholic priest. However, he preferred the life of a composer to that of a performer. He is sometimes known as the "Spanish Palestrina" because he may have been taught by Palestrina.


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