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Choral Classics - Palestrina: Masses


Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94266  
Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Brian EtheridgeStephen RobertsGordon JonesMichael George,   ... 
Conductor:  Mark BrownBruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is one of the towering figures of the Renaissance and he ranks today as one of the great composers. His output of over 100 masses, 250 motets, and several volumes of liturgical works is remarkable even by the standards of the day. Nearly all his music was composed for the Papal choir, and the fact that he remained closely within the orbit of the Vatican marks him out as a conservative musician. However, his music moved away from the mainly contrapuntal style to one that displayed much skillful use of chordal and harmonic writing. He shunned the use of giving equal importance to words and music, preferring to set the texts in an impersonal, often quite abstract, idiom which nonetheless has a beauty of melodic Read more line and use of harmony that few could equal.

This set of 5 CDs contains 6 Masses, including the masterpiece Missa Papae Marcelli, the Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet, and a Stabat Mater. These CDs are a superb introduction to the music of a great composer who dominated 16th-century Italian music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "L'Homme armé" by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Brian Etheridge (Bass), Stephen Roberts (Bass), Gordon Jones (Bass),
Michael George (Bass), Christopher Keyte (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Charles Brett (Countertenor), James Griffett (Tenor), Wynford Evans (Tenor),
Ian Partridge (Tenor), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Ashley Stafford (Countertenor),
Adrian Peacock (Bass)
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
2.
Missa "Assumpta est Maria" by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Adrian Peacock (Bass), Brian Etheridge (Bass), Stephen Roberts (Bass),
Gordon Jones (Bass), Michael George (Bass), Christopher Keyte (Bass),
James Griffett (Tenor), Wynford Evans (Tenor), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Ashley Stafford (Countertenor), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
3.
Fiera V In Coena Domini by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Bruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
4.
Feria VI In Parasceve by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Bruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
5.
Sabbato sancto by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Bruno Turner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
6.
Missa Brevis by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Adrian Peacock (Bass), Brian Etheridge (Bass), Stephen Roberts (Bass),
Gordon Jones (Bass), Michael George (Bass), Christopher Keyte (Bass),
James Griffett (Tenor), Wynford Evans (Tenor), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Ashley Stafford (Countertenor), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570; Italy 
7.
Missa "Lauda Sion" by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Adrian Peacock (Bass), Brian Etheridge (Bass), Stephen Roberts (Bass),
Gordon Jones (Bass), Michael George (Bass), Christopher Keyte (Bass),
James Griffett (Tenor), Wynford Evans (Tenor), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Ashley Stafford (Countertenor), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582; Italy 
8.
Super flumina Babylonis by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Adrian Peacock (Bass), Brian Etheridge (Bass), Stephen Roberts (Bass),
Gordon Jones (Bass), Michael George (Bass), Christopher Keyte (Bass),
James Griffett (Tenor), Wynford Evans (Tenor), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Ashley Stafford (Countertenor), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Italy 
9.
Missa "Aeterna Christi munera" by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Stephen Roberts (Bass), Gordon Jones (Bass), Michael George (Bass),
Christopher Keyte (Bass), James Griffett (Tenor), Adrian Peacock (Bass),
Wynford Evans (Tenor), Brian Etheridge (Bass), Neil Jenkins (Tenor),
Ian Partridge (Tenor), Ashley Stafford (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1590; Italy 
10.
Missa "Papae Marcelli" by Giovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Ashley Stafford (Countertenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
Christopher Keyte (Bass), James Griffett (Tenor), Wynford Evans (Tenor),
Ian Partridge (Tenor), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Adrian Peacock (Bass),
Brian Etheridge (Bass), Stephen Roberts (Bass), Gordon Jones (Bass),
Michael George (Bass)
Conductor:  Mark Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1567; Italy 

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