Sacred Music in the Renaissance Vol.1. Tallis Scho Box set, CD, Import
Œuvres de Gregorio Allegri, William Byrd, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Thomas Tallis, Josquin Des Prez, Jacob Clemens non Papa, T. Crecquillon, J. Sheppard, W. Cornysh, Plainchant, G. Pierluigi da Palestrina / The Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips, direction
There are many well-known works here, like their seminal (and still, in my view, unsurpassed) 1980 recording of Allegri's Miserere, Tallis's Spem in alium, lovely mass settings by Byrd and Palestrina and Victoria's Requiem which is a strong contender for my Desert Island. The less well-known music is just as good, though. These recordings first introduced me to Clemens non Papa and Cornysh, for example, and I have loved them ever since.
As to the singing - it's magnificent. The Tallis Scholars trademark immaculate tuning, ideal blend and balance and crystal clarity are there throughout, as is their real engagement with the text. The recorded sound is impeccable and ideally suited to the group's sound, and the notes and full texts are excellent.