THE TALLIS SCHOLARS – Allegri Miserere





  • 5.1 DTS HD MA 24/96kHz
  • 5.1 Dolby True HD 24/96kHz
  • 2.0 LPCM 24/96kHz

Orginally recorded in: DSD 64
additional files via mShuttle: 2.0 ALAC/FLAC/WMA 24/96kHz +16/44kHz 2.0 MP3 320k CBR

Music written for the Sistine Chapel, including two new recordings of Allegri’s Miserere – one with the familiar top Cs, and one with additional embellishments developed by Deborah Roberts during hundreds of concert performances by The Tallis Scholars since their landmark first recording of this work in 1980.

Of all the music The Tallis Scholars are asked to sing in concert, the pieces recorded here are the most in demand. The fame of Allegri’sMiserere – which we have sung over 300 times in concerts throughout the world – is well established. The story behind this composition is a good one, but perhaps no better than the one behind the Mass which ‘saved church music’ – Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. However accurate these stories might be, both compositions were written to be performed in the Sistine Chapel where the musicians would have been surrounded by Michelangelo’s newly painted frescoes. I sometimes stand on stages before a performance of the Allegri and invite the audience to imagine themselves in the Sistine Chapel, the famous choir gallery half-way up the right-hand wall, the soloists grouped there, the highest voice launching the top C into the vault. However dissimilar the actual performance venue, this image of heaven-on-earth always enhances the experience. Actually to perform in the Sistine Chapel, as we did in 1994, remains the most memorable thing we have ever done.

Release Date: 02.12.2013

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