times go by turns

Masses of Tallis, Byrd, Plummer

Times go by Turns is the highly anticipated follow-up to New York Polyphony’s endBeginning (2012). Nominated for a GRAMMY® in the Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance category, the album features Masses by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, as well as an enigmatic three-voice Mass setting by medieval English composer John Plummer. Three new works written for New York Polyphony by composers Gabriel Jackson, Andrew Smith, and the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett complete the sequence.

A recording of Thomas Tallis’ beloved anthem “If ye love me” is available for free via eClassical as a special bonus track.

press highlights

  • “…a complex, clear-eyed yet still painfully beautiful tapestry.”
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  • “…technically flawless and musically compelling.”
    Early Music Review
  • “For a demonstration of how sumptuously beautiful the music of the English Renaissance can sound, you could scarcely do better than this superb new release by the vocal quartet New York Polyphony.”
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • “… this is not a disc that should be overlooked; New York Polyphony go from strength to strength with each new album and their flair for programming is admirable.”
    Early Music Today
  • “Throughout this enterprising sequence the singing of New York Polyphony is immaculate.”
    MusicWeb International
  • “…the singers can seamlessly combine their voices to create a remarkable and completely enveloping quilt of sound.”
    Minnesota Public Radio
  • “New York Polyphony continues to claim a spot as one of the finest small vocal groups performing today.”
    Audiophile Audition
  • “Even though there are only four voices at work, they are as clear as a mountain lake, as balanced as Big Ben’s clockwork and as seductive as a Top Chef tasting menu. And you don’t have to be a churchgoer to have a mystical experience with this music.”
    Toronto Star
  • “…just four voices, ideally matched, of uniquely compatible timbre, combined into such a richly resonant sound…”
    Classics Today