Chapelle du Roi devote this latest volume to music which was composed by Tallis for use during the reformed services announced in The booke of the common prayer which came into effect on Whitsunday (9th June) 1549. Tallis’s music, together with the associated intonations and Collects (for Easter Day at Mattins and for Christmas Eve), is presented for this recording in the normal liturgical sequence for the day; Mattins, Holy Communion, and Evensong. The recording concludes with Tallis’ nine psalm-tune harmonisations which he contributed to Archbishop Matthew Parker’s Psalter, published in 1567.
Chapelle du Roi give an inspired and historically informed performance of the sacred renaissance repertoire for which they are celebrated.
Sung with plaintive simplicity, exquisite balance and clear diction, virtues that characterise the whole estimable disc – Classic FM Magazine
[The singers] cohere in a warm collective that is wonderful to listen to – International Record Review
Chapelle du Roi’s skill is manifest … the whole experience of listening to them was like hearing was like hearing a rather special evensong in a college chapel – Gramophone
The singing of the Chapelle is as beautifully flawless as ever … the crowning glory of the disc is the exquisite account of Tallis nine tunes of Archbishop Parker’s Psalter – EMF Scotland