Missa Corona spinea; Dum transisset Sabbatum I & II
Tallis Scholars/ Peter Phillips
Reviewed Christmas 2015
Be dazzled by Taverner’s astonishing festal mass featuring stratospheric trebles in this recording from Merton College, Oxford. The Tallis sopranos capture the bright transparency of boys’ voices with impressive precision, creating ethereal effects above a flexible cantus firmus. In Phillips’s hands the mass unfolds with slow, radiant grandeur: a celestial feast for the ears.