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Arvo Part, Tintinnabuli performed by the Tallis Scholars conducted by Peter Philips, (Gimmell). It’s very simple as Peter Philips, the conductor of the Tallis Scholars, explains it: “No music being written today makes a more satisfying match with Renaissance polyphony than the sacred compositions of Arvo Part.” And since being formed in 1973 the Tallis Scholars has become one of the world’s foremost choral ensembles devoted to Renaissance Choral Music. So here, partially in honor of the great and enormously popular Estonian composer’s world-celebrated 80th birthday, is a recording by the Tallis Scholars of some Arvo Part works in their repertoire. Philips explains the kinship of the music the Tallis Scholars usually performs and Part: “A strong religious sense in Part – one takes this for granted in Tallis and Palestrina – is clearly one reason, as is the use of silence (or the presumption

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