Thomas Tallis: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal

Thomas Tallis: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal

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The Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace
Carl Jackson (conductor)

The Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace and their director Carl Jackson make their Resonus Classics debut with this album of works for lower voices by Thomas Tallis – himself a Gentleman of the Tudor Chapel Royal serving under four monarchs.

Recorded in the impressive surroundings of the Chapel Royal where the choir is resident, this first disc with The Gentlemen presents works for four and seven voices including the Missa Puer natus est nobis based on chant for Christmas Day, and the sumptuous Suscipe quaeso Domine.

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'Lusty singing [...] conveys a sense of ownership of the music'

- Choir & Organ

'The 14-strong, all-male ensemble gives fervent and full-blooded performances, its ripe plangent timbre coloured by the occasional use of vibrato [...] The recording, in the palace's resonant chapel, is sumptuous and detailed'
BBC Music Magazine

'Lusty singing [...] conveys a sense of ownership of the music'
Choir & Organ

'Whether in reduced or expanded form, the texture of the vocal ensemble, under the direction of London-born Carl Jackson, sounds ideal. Were the ghosts of earlier Chapel Royal musicians guiding the singers to achieve exactly the right resonance as they snaked their way though intricate part-writing, delicious cross-relationships, and rock-solid cadences?'
Early Music America

'The Gentlemen of Hampton Court give excellent performances of every piece on this disc. [...] Each line, with two voices to a part, is audible, clear, and well blended with its fellows. Besides the singers themselves – the six regular Gentlemen and the full complement of eight supernumaries – credit must go to Carl Jackson for his judicious tempi, occasioned by his extensive familiarity with every aspect of the recording location'
Early Music Review

'[...] a pleasing disc of less familiar Tallis [...] the opening Suscipe quaeso Domine is particularly impressive'
Lark Reviews

'The singing of the Chapel Royal Choir is exquisite [...] They sing in a direct and forthright, but sensitive manner, without overpowering the relatively small acoustics of the space.'

'The programme is an attractive one of Latin church music by Thomas Tallis [...] I rather liked the strong, vibrant character of the performance. The choir here comes over as a very distinct personality, rather than simply an assemblage of singers, and there is much to enjoy on this disc'
Planet Hugill

© 2018 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2018 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10229
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262791363
Release date: 30 November 2018
Cover Images: Detail from the ceiling of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace by James Brittain © Historic Royal Palaces