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Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina / Willcocks, King's College


Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466373   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gregorio AllegriGiovanni Palestrina
Performer:  Roy Goodman
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I doubt if any recording made by the choir of King's College, Cambridge, in the fertile Willcocks era will prove more enduring than this celebrated performance of Allegri's Miserere. Admittedly there are more authentic versions in the catalogue, authentic not only in that they use the original Latin words where Willcocks opts for an English translation, but also in the sense that they search for a style less obviously redolent of choral evensong and the Anglican tradition. At the farthest extreme from King's, the Taverner Consort's EMI version strips Allegri's score of its various eighteenth- and nineteenth-century accretions—a nice piece of musical archaeology which, ironically, reveals the utter plainness of the Miserere when denied its Read more familiar jewels, and sounds like an imposter when dressed up in even more garish baubles. For once, musicology seems doomed to failure; the richly communicative singing of King's remains for many an ideal impression of the piece, however far removed it may be from Allegri's intentions. On this new CD compilation the Miserere is accompanied by some classic Palestrina performances, still as fresh as when they were made a quarter of a century ago. Some tape hiss intrudes, but otherwise the sound is excellent.

-- Gramophone [5/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Miserere mei Deus: Miserere mei by Gregorio Allegri
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1963 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 11 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Stabat Mater a 8 by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1963 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 12 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Hodie Beata virgo by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1563; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1963 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Senex puerum portabat by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1569; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1963 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Magnificat a 8 by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1963 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Litaniae de Beata Virgine Maria a 8 by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1963 
Venue:  Chapel, King's College, Cambridge 
Length: 15 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Miserere
Stabat Mater (8vv)
Hodie Beata Virgo
Senex Puerum Portabat
Magnificat primi toni (8vv)
Litaniae de Beata Virgine Maria, 8vv

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Favorite Miserere August 21, 2013 By Glenn S. (Puyallup, WA) See All My Reviews "The performance of the Allegri Miserere is pure bliss in my book. My personal preference is to have a boy soprano singing that beautiful solo with the high C, and this performance is the best I have heard in that way. I heard this on a different recording which was a collection of various pieces from different periods (all the way up to 20th cent.) done by King's. I highly recommend that album, too. It features various conductors from different times in the choir's history. There are so many outstanding performances on that recording. The recording of Schubert's Psalm 23 is so unbelievably expressive and musical,made all the more amazing by the fact that the conductor was at the piano.His accompaniment was also fantastic and expressive." Report Abuse
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