Thomas TallisA gorgeous rendition of a gorgeous work by the composer Thomas Tallis, (c. 1505 – 23 November 1585). He was an English composer who occupies a primary place in anthologies of English choral music, and is considered one of England’s greatest composers. He is honoured for his original voice in English musicianship. No contemporary portrait of Tallis survives: that painted by Gerard Vandergucht (see illustration) dates from 150 years after Tallis died, and there is no reason to suppose that it is a likeness!
In a rare existing copy of his black letter signature, the composer spelled his last name “Tallys.”

John Rutter ConductorThis version is conducted by John Rutter, himself an amazing composer in his own right, and performed by the Cambridge Singers.