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Christmas Mass in Rome - Palestrina, Josquin / McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort


Release Date: 10/24/2007 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 437833   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni PalestrinaJosquin Des PrézGirolamo FrescobaldiTomás Luis de Victoria,   ... 
Performer:  Timothy RobertsJeremy WestPaula ChateauneufHannelore Devaere,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli ConsortGabrieli Players
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Unlike McCreesh's Venetian collections, this programme casts its chronological net very wide, from Josquin to Frescobaldi, performing each work as seventeenth-century Romans are thought to have done. So while Josquin and Victoria are sung a cappella, the Hodie Christus natus est Mass is done up with organs and chittaroni (in the motet, cornet and violin are thrown in for good measure), sounding more dramatic and dance-like than Palestrina has ever done on record—a refreshing change. This represents a shifting attitude to High-Renaissance polyphony, a break with the vibrato-less, restrained style which seems to be the norm. The approach is unapologetically choral rather than soloistic, and yet dynamic contrasts are boldly and resourcefully Read more exploited. In fact the singing is almost Italianate—could this be the surroundings? The instrumental pieces are handled with customary panache, the Frescobaldi organ toccatas offering reflective interludes amid the festive opulence. A most illuminating issue." -- Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Missa "Hodie Christus natus est" by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 21 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Praeter rerum seriem by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Toccata avanti il Ricercar by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4. Il primo libro delle canzoni: no 13, La Bianchina by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Jeremy West (Cornett), Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone), Hannelore Devaere (Harp),
Timothy Roberts (Organ), Rachel Podger (Violin)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5. Quem vidistis, pastores by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6. Toccata per la Levatione by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7. Liber secundus diversarum modulationum: O Iesu mi dulcissime by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Angus Smith (Tenor), Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1627; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8. O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. Nell'apparir del sempiterno sole by Giovanni F. Anerio
Performer:  Sarah Pendlebury (Soprano), Susan Hemington Jones (Soprano), Angus Smith (Tenor)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. Masceris, alme puer by Domenico Mazzocchi
Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone), Timothy Roberts (Organ), Hannelore Devaere (Harp),
Sarah Pendlebury (Soprano), Susan Hemington Jones (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Desiderata nobis by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  Timothy Roberts (Organ), Christopher Purves (Bass), Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone),
Angus Smith (Tenor), Robert Horn (Tenor), Hannelore Devaere (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1667; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Exulta gaude filia Sion by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  Hannelore Devaere (Harp), Paula Chateauneuf (Chitarrone), Sarah Pendlebury (Soprano),
Susan Hemington Jones (Soprano), Timothy Roberts (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1675; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. Introit by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15. Collect by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16. Preface by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
17. Pater noster by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18. Postcommunion by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Rome 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Featured Sound Samples

Prćter rerum seriem (Josquin)
Missa "Hodie Christus natus est" (Palestrina): Sanctus
Exulta gaude filia Sion (Carissimi)

Sound Samples

Motetti de la Corona: Praeter rerum seriem
Introitus: Puer natus est nobis
Messa degli Apostoli: Toccata avanti il Ricercar
Missa "Hodie Christus natus est": 1. Kyrie
Missa "Hodie Christus natus est": 2. Gloria
Collect: Dominus vobiscum
Canzona detta la Bianchina: Gradual
Missa "Hodie Christus natus est": 3. Credo
Quem vidistis, pastores: Offertorium
Per omnia saecula saeculorum - Sursum corda: Praefation
Missa "Hodie Christus natus est": 4. Sanctus
Messa della Madonna: Toccata per la Levatione
Liber secundus diversarum modulationum ...: O Iesu mi dulcissime
Per omnia saecula saeculorum - Pater noster
Missa "Hodie Christus natus est": 6. Agnus Dei
Gardanum: O magnum mysterium
Post Communion: Dominus vobiscum - Praesta quaesumus omnipotens Deus
Toccata: Deo Gratias
Mottetorum liber tertius: Motet: Hodie Christus natus est
Nell'apparir del sempiterno sole
Maphaei S.R.E. card. Barberine nunc Urbani Papae VIII: Nasceris, alme puer
Desiderata nobis
Exulta, gaude, filia Sion

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