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Palestrina: Music For Advent And Christmas / Baker, Et Al


Release Date: 11/11/2003 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67396   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although the "big work" here is the Christmas mass Hodie Christus natus est, the biggest musical thrills (if such a word can be used in this context!) come from the various motets, particularly O magnum mysterium, Tui sunt coeli, O admirabile commercium, and Christe, redemptor omnium. These motets show Palestrina at his most refined and concise, artfully spinning and expertly weaving lines of polyphony as sublime as anyone has ever conceived. The Choir of Westminster Cathedral is as well versed in this music as any modern choir could be, and the performances are not only accurate and musically sound but are charged with an enthusiasm that we don't often hear in today's renditions of ancient church music. Some listeners will object to the Read more extremely bright sound quality, which at times borders on harshness, but this is typical of recordings made in this venue and seems to be a reflection of the space rather than any engineering decision. Palestrina and Christmas choral music fans will glean hours of pleasurable listening from this generously timed (78-minute) program, whose repertoire fills yet another gap in the ever-growing recorded catalog focusing on this great and timeless Renaissance master. [11/4/2003]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Hodie Christus natus est" by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Latin and Greek. 
2.
Alma Redemptoris mater by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Canite tuba by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Deus tu conversus by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
O magnum mysterium by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1569; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Tui sunt coeli by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
O admirabile commercium by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1569; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Christe redemptor omnium by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Magnificat primi toni by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Martin Baker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2003 
Venue:  Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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