Director Peter Phillips founded The Tallis Scholars in 1973. Through recordings and concert performances, the ensemble has established itself as the leading exponent of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Phillips has worked with the group to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound that he feels best serves the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars has become so widely renowned.
Recordings by The Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world. In 1987 their recording of Josquin’s Missa La sol fa re mi and Missa Pange lingua received Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Year award, the first recording of early music ever to win this coveted award. In 1989 the French magazine Diapason gave two of its Diapason d’Or de l’Année awards for the recordings of a mass and motets by Lassus and for Josquin’s two masses based on the chanson L’Homme armé. Their recording of Palestrina’s Missa Assumpta est Maria and Missa Sicut lilium was awarded Gramophone’s Early Music Award in 1991; they received the 1994 Early Music Award for their recording of music by Cipriano de Rore; and the same distinction again in 2005 for a recording of music by John Browne. In 2012 their recording of Josquin’s Missa De beata virgine and Missa Ave maris stella received a Diapason d’Or de l’Année and in their 40th anniversary year they were welcomed into the Gramophone “Hall of Fame” by public vote. In 2013 the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a world tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries.
The Tallis Scholars make their Cleveland Museum of Art debut with a program of Renaissance choral music by William Byrd, Josquin des Prez, and Edmund Turges.
Josquin: Missa Gaudeamus
Byrd: Laetentur coeli
Byrd: Plorans plorabit
Byrd: Ye sacred muses
Byrd: Ne irascaris
$55–$42; CMA members $50–$38