Times Go by Turns
Coming off of endBeginning, which explored the compositions of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance, the vocal quartet New York Polyphony turns its attention to works by English Renaissance composers on this GRAMMY®-nominated follow-up. The album focuses on masses by 16th-century musical titans Thomas Tallis (Mass for 4 Voices) and William Byrd (Mass a 4), but the foursome reach further back with 15th-century composer John Plummer's Missa sine nomine, not to mention mixing things up with the inclusion of three bespoke contemporary pieces. New York Polyphony's fluidity is instantly apparent, whether the group's voices are falling artfully together to accentuate the beauty of Tallis's famous legato phrases or bouncing gamely off of each other to bring out the dynamic rhythms of Gabriel Jackson's Ite miss est. Whichever way they roam on Times Go by Turns, the quartet consistently sounds more like a single voice with multiple tonalities than a convocation of four separate singers.