For admirers of early music, the Tallis Scholars have long been considered preeminent. Founded twenty-three years ago in London by Peter Phillips, they have made a name for themselves on five continents. And they have made that name performing composers sufficiently obscure in this century that only cognoscenti would recognize them. Around arcane four-hundred-year-old manuscripts, the Oxford-educated Phillips assembled and trained a group which has become not only the leading exponent of Renaissance sacred vocal music, but arguably its finest performers. As well, Phillips has created a cottage industry: the music label, Gimell, which solely records the Tallis Scholars, and an eighty-tours-yearly concert schedule.

So it was that expectant audiences gathered in October to hear the Tallis Scholars perform for three evenings at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York.[1] ...

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