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Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations

Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations

A sequence of chant and polyphony for Holy Week.

The timeless beauty of the simple, melodic and rhythmic inflections of chant has captivated listeners for around a thousand years. This recording of medieval chant is complemented by one of the most poignant and intense polyphonic settings of a sacred text, Tallis’ Lamentations.

Tenebrae Consort is an outstanding group of musicians, with singers hand-picked from the award winning chamber choir Tenebrae. Known for their instinctive ensemble skills, the singers and instrumentalists are directed from within the Consort by Nigel Short who leads the group to attain music making of the highest quality.

Focussing on the repertoire originally written for consort performance, particularly early music, Tenebrae Consort aims to shed new interpretative light on works through the combination of both passion and precision, creating an intimate and unique concert experience.

Tenebrae officiate, transforming their listeners from an audience to a congregation.

Record Review, Building a Library, BBC Radio 3
  • Release Date: 10 March 2014
  • Record Label: Bene Arte
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD901
  • Location of Recording: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:05:23
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Hymn for Passiontide: Pange lingua gloriosiPlainchant03:12£ Listen
2Compline for Passiontide: I. Deus in adiutoriumPlainchant00:52£ Listen
3Compline for Passiontide: II. Antiphon - PsalmsPlainchant10:54£ Listen
4Compline for Passiontide: III. Chapter - RespondPlainchant01:21£ Listen
5Compline for Passiontide: IV. HymnPlainchant03:53£ Listen
6Compline for Passiontide: V. Versicle & ResponsePlainchant00:23£ Listen
7Compline for Passiontide: VI. Antiphon - CanticlePlainchant04:28£ Listen
8Compline for Passiontide: VII. Preces - Collect - BenedicamusPlainchant05:19£ Listen
9Lamentations of Jeremiah IThomas Tallis08:27£ Listen
10Respond: In monte OlivetiPlainchant02:18£ Listen
11Lamentations of Jeremiah IIThomas Tallis13:36£ Listen
12Respond: Tristis est anima meaPlainchant02:53£ Listen
13Respond for Compline in Passiontide: In manus tuas IJohn Sheppard03:43£ Listen
14Litany after Lauds for Maundy ThursdayPlainchant03:49£ Listen

Tenebrae officiate, transforming their listeners from an audience to a congregation.

Record Review, Building a Library, BBC Radio 3

the performance of Tallis’s Lamentations is majestically dark and intense, displaying this group’s famous sensitivity toward musical structure, as well as their exquisite harmonic control

BBC Music Magazine

The singing of the gentle psalms is hypnotically pure

The Observer

This is a lovely disc, the consort sings with a beautifully rich, smooth and rounded tone, giving the chant a fine combination of strength and flexibility.

Planet Hugill

The fragility of the single voices (and the darker shades generated by these lower male-voice keys) summons a world of private, secret devotion, where abstract grief becomes the very real conflict of Catholics under a Protestant monarch. Textures are translucent, each individual voice offering its own personal musical plea… This is simplicity at once artful and artless – perfectly poised at the junction of recital and rite.

Gramophone Magazine

BBC Radio 3 ‘Building a Library’ chosen recording (March 2018)


Upcoming summer tours

16 May 2019

We’re very pleased to be travelling on tour all over the UK and Europe this summer. Highlights include the Aldeburgh Festival on 9th June with a new programme of Byrd, Tallis and MacMillan, a Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music in Halle for the Handel... continued


Dublin Medieval Chant and Lamentations Review

25 June 2019

We’re delighted to have received a fantastic review from Golden Plec of our performance in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral last week as part of the Pipeworks Festival.

“The sound is rich and magnetic, at a naturally-express... continued