TALLIS Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter TALLIS Salvator mundi MORLEY April is in my mistress' face GIBBONS The Silver Swan BYRD This sweet and merry month of May MACMILLAN Sedebit Dominum Rex TIPPETT Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time TALLIS O nata lux TALLIS O sacrum convivium TALLIS Loquebantur variis linguis MACMILLAN Mitte manum tuam BYRD Laudibus in sanctis BRITTEN Choral Dances from Gloriana TALLIS "Ordinal" - Come Holy Ghost CHILCOTT Tallis Canon
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16th century England was a place of much religious change. It was a dangerous and confusing time and it is testament to their incredible skill and musical mastery that composers like Tallis and Byrd were able to produce such magnificent works in such troubled times. Their music left a lasting legacy, influencing some of our most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century composers and surviving over half a millennium to be performed as widely today as they have ever been. This disc features some of the best-loved classics of Tudor and Jacobean church music together with madrigals by Tallis, Byrd and Gibbons. They are performed alongside pieces by Britten, Tippett and MacMillan including the Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time and the Choral Dances from Gloriana. The Sixteen has performed this repertoire around the world over the last six years and is one of the ensemble's most popular concert programmes. We are delighted to announce that the complete programme will be released on CORO CD in 2013.