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Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri / Preston


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 415517   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gregorio AllegriFelice AnerioRuggiero GiovanelliGiovanni Maria Nanino,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc must rank very high in the annals of church-music recording. Its quality is even all through. Though it may be impertinent to try to find reasons for such success, there are three factors which are of interest. Firstly, this music is not 'native' to the Westminster Abbey Choir. Theirs is therefore a new study, a fresh look. They not only place themselves in a rather unexpectedly warm spiritual environment (their admirable enunciation sounds utterly natural) but they step into the sunshine, as Sellars and Yeatman put it, non angeli sed Anglicani. Well, they pack plenty of punch and their tone is rosy and, where required, passionate. That takes some doing for an Anglican choir whose discipline normally frowns upon the sort of Read more individuality which the sinners concerned term artistry. Here the discipline is as tight as ever. Nobody even puts one foot over the edge, but the men especially make their crescendos glow and individual parts are clearly heard, though always in balance. The boys remain Englishmen. Their tone is well rounded, though sometimes encouraged to thin momentarily by a push from the male altos. And this would be the moment to reveal that the choir's constitution is plumper than one might expect.

The 14 boys are balanced by five male altos, six tenors and six basses. Thus there is no top heaviness. This rich balance is my second point. The third is that the choir has stepped out of the Abbey into the welcoming acoustic of All Saints, Tooting, which is ideal for the purpose. Having offered these small analytical details, I must add some brief comment on the programme as a whole. The choir's response to the demands of each item changes markedly. For instance, the abundance of men becomes evident at the start of Miserere, a far richer sound than I remember from other choirs. Then, in this same piece, the semi-chorus, with its top C boy (anonymous) is considerably distanced. This takes away a good deal of anxiety and also emphasizes the robust nature of the plainsong when we return to it. The three shorter pieces, by Anerio, Nanino and Giovannelli, increasingly produce excited tone. The final Jubilate is a blaze of glory. I could not wish for a finer feast than this.

-- Gramophone [5/1986]
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Works on This Recording

1. Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Venite ad me omnes by Felice Anerio
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Jubilate Deo by Ruggiero Giovanelli
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Haec Dies by Giovanni Maria Nanino
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Missa "Papae Marcelli" by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1567; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1985 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 32 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie
Missa Papae Marcelli: Gloria
Missa Papae Marcelli: Credo
Missa Papae Marcelli: Sanctus
Missa Papae Marcelli: Benedictus - Hosanna
Missa Papae Marcelli: Agnus Dei I - II
Tu es petrus - Motet
Miserere
Venite ad me omnes
Haec dies
Jubilate Deo

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