Sacred sounds in New York City

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin recently rang with the sounds of choral polyphony when the Tallis Scholars, led by Peter Phillips presented a program of Spanish Renaissance music as part of Columbia University's early music series. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has a review.

From the review:

The older generation, represented by Francisco Guerrero, had the first and last word: his richly harmonized motet “Maria Magdalene” opened the program, and his more densely textured but equally fluid settings of “Ave Virgo Sanctissima” and “Regina Caeli” closed it. Between them, the choir sang works by Alonso Lobo, a student of Guerrero’s, and Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most celebrated Spanish composer of the time (partly because he spent 23 years in Rome, hearing and perhaps studying with Palestrina).