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Allegri: Miserere / Bernard Fabre-garrus, A Sei Voci


Release Date: 06/26/2007 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 8909   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gregorio AllegriAnonymous
Performer:  Dominique Ferran
Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei VociA Sei Voci
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ALLEGRI Miserere (2 versions) . Missa Vidi turbam magnam. De ore prudentis. Repleti sunt omnes. Cantate Domino Bernard Fabre-Garrus, dir; A Sei Voci NAÏVE 8909 (61:37 Text and Translation)


The label and number appear on the slipcase, but inside we find a jewel box containing Astrée 8524. So officially, this must be counted as a reissue by the label that acquired Astrée a few years ago. Oddly, the Read more Astrée disc never arrived for review in the first place, although we had received a steady stream of A Sei Voci recordings around that time. This was preceded by Josquin des Prez (17:3) and Charles d’Helfer and followed by Bencini, but not this disc.


In the meantime, Allegri’s Miserere has had a lot of analysis. The Tallis Scholars (30:6) offered two variations on the usual English interpretation, first as they usually sing it, then with increasingly elaborate embellishments worked out in performance by Deborah Roberts, all notated in the booklet. Before that, shortly after the disc under review appeared, Hugh Keyte prepared an edition of a setting by Tommaso Bai (c. 1650–1714) that is directly related to the performance tradition dominated by Allegri’s setting for the Sistine Chapel. Martin Neary (19:6) recorded both the modern Allegri and the Bai adaptation, while Graham O’Reilly (25:5) followed six years later with another recording of Bai that was incorrectly described as a world premiere. Even earlier, Keyte had prepared a version of Allegri’s work that showed how the performing tradition might have unfolded at the Sistine Chapel, and Andrew Parrott (11:3) recorded it with successive verses displaying different stages of the tradition.


This disc also gives us two versions of the psalm, the first a new edition by Jean Lionnet based on 17th-century sources of the earliest performance practice. It sounds quite unlike anything else we have heard, of course, as Hugh Keyte indicated. The disc ends with the usual English traditional version as George Guest edited it. But between the two versions of the psalm is a whole program of other sacred music by Allegri. This same Mass was once recorded by George Guest on a Meridian LP, but never reissued on CD. It offers the familiar contrast of a choir of boys and men compared with a vocal ensemble singing one voice to a part. The other three motets appear to be first recordings. The Mass is filled out with three chant Propers, an introit, gradual, and alleluia verse (the last ignored in the list of contents). The chant performance is an interesting but unidentified example of chant practice of the time. It would have passed unnoticed but for Theodore C. Karp’s recent book and CD (30: 1), which demonstrates that in that era there were occasional notes sung at half the value of the usual equal-note time.


It’s notable that A Sei Voci imported Ruth Holton, a member of the Tallis Scholars, though not their usual soloist in the Miserere , to sing with them. She gets a large share of the credit in making the concluding familiar form of the piece so wonderfully appealing. There are too many fine versions of the piece to count anymore, but the several historical approaches cited above are a useful supplement if one is to understand how this fascinating piece has evolved.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei Voci,  A Sei Voci
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Benedictine Priory, Vivoin, Haute Maine, 
Length: 14 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Charles Burney. 
2.
Statuit ei Dominus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei Voci
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Benedictine Priory, Vivoin, Haute Maine, 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Missa "Vidi turbam magnam" by Gregorio Allegri
Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei Voci
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Benedictine Priory, Vivoin, Haute Maine, 
Length: 19 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Classical Greek and Latin. 
4.
Exaltet eum in Ecclesia plebis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei Voci
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Benedictine Priory, Vivoin, Haute Maine, 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
De ore prudentis by Gregorio Allegri
Performer:  Dominique Ferran (Positive)
Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei Voci
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Benedictine Priory, Vivoin, Haute Maine, 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Repleti sunt omnes by Gregorio Allegri
Performer:  Dominique Ferran (Positive)
Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei Voci
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Benedictine Priory, Vivoin, Haute Maine, 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Cantate domino by Gregorio Allegri
Performer:  Dominique Ferran (Positive)
Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei Voci
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  Benedictine Priory, Vivoin, Haute Maine, 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Il salmo Miserere mei Deus (arr. J. Lionnet)
Missa Vidi turbam magnam: Introit: Statuit Ei Dominum
Missa Vidi turbam magnam: Kyrie
Missa Vidi turbam magnam: Gloria
Missa Vidi turbam magnam: Graduel: Exaltent Eum (plain-chant)
Missa Vidi turbam magnam: Credo
Missa Vidi turbam magnam: Sanctus
Missa Vidi turbam magnam: Agnus Dei
De ore prudentis a 3
Repleti sunt omnes a 3
Cantate domino a 4
Il salmo Miserere mei Deus

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