Celebrate the group’s 50th birthday with music by Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tallis, Palestrina, Josquin des Prez and more. A note on the program from Peter Phillips: In this program I wanted to give a snapshot of the musical scene as it was in England and on mainland Europe during the renaissance. Some of these composers flourished early in the period – Josquin and Fayrfax. Some were writing by the mid 16th century – Tallis, Gombert and White. Some were the undisputed masters of the High Renaissance – Gibbons, Lassus, Palestrina and Victoria. But they all used the same polyphonic techniques. And it is fascinating to hear how this refined style developed as the years went by, as these geniuses successively turned their minds to expressing themselves through it.