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The Music Room => Composer Discussion => Topic started by: Archaic Torso of Apollo on April 15, 2010, 07:40:27 AM

Title: John Sheppard
Post by: Archaic Torso of Apollo on April 15, 2010, 07:40:27 AM
Any opinions on this (until recently very) obscure English Renaissance composer?

Based on some rave reviews, I'm considering this recording of his Media Vita and other works:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61KlXHql72L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: John Sheppard
Post by: Lethevich on April 15, 2010, 08:06:30 AM
He's dreadfully English - anyone bored by Tallis' simplicity would have nightmares with Sheppard, but it's likable despite how homogenious his output can sound. I didn't care for his masses, but this disc was a good find:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417FSE7AQHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/John-Sheppard-Media-Vita/dp/B00005ATD4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1271351110&sr=8-1)

Comments are often made about English early music ensembles draining the festivity out of continental European choral music, but the incredible precision of a group like the Tallis Scholars really underlines what is already implied in the spare and unambitious style of Sheppard.

You can't go wrong with a Stile Antico disc, all of their HM issues have had stunning reviews.