NYCGB, my second favourite choir* in all the world, has just released Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, conducted by Ben Parry.
As the email I received from NYCGB HQ this morning says,
Yes, Spem in Alium is that famous choral piece in forty parts, a Tudor titanic that still dwarfs most other English choral music half a millennium after its composition. But the truly remarkable thing about Thomas Tallis’s huge motet is that it manages to be intimate and personal, the full texture growing from and yielding to smaller-scale cameos. All the little details and the gradual shifts – and the climactic power – shine out from this new recording by the National Youth Choir, captured in the ideal acoustic of Tonbridge School Chapel.
If you are into early music, check it out, a blissful piece of choral music sung by a first class choir with that crystal clear NYCGB sound.
It is available (only £0.99) on:
* My favourite choir is clearly the NYCGB alumni choir! 😉