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Palestrina, Vol. 4 / The Sixteen


Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16114   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A CLASSIC IN THE MAKING." GRAMOPHONE ON THE SIXTEEN'S PALESTRINA SERIES THE SIXTEEN RELEASES THE FOURTH ALBUM IN ITS ACCLAIMED SERIES A towering figure in Renaissance polyphony, Palestrina is arguably one of the greatest composers of liturgical music of all time. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of his work with the fourth disc in their celebrated series. This album features a selection of Palestrina's music for Christmas including his largely unknown masterpiece, the Missa O magnum mysterium. Also presented are several unusual hymn settings amongst them A solis ortu cardine--a setting of a chant hymn for Christmas morning. Among composers, Palestrina is unusual in setting this hymn for Lauds on the Read more Feast of Nativity. Most composers reserved their efforts for the more important celebrations of Vespers. The text, written by Caelius Sedulius, is itself unusual in that the verses begin with successive letters of the alphabet. Alongside the hymns are motets from the Song of Songs. The Song of Songs are among some of Palestrina's most sublime and expressive works and, as with previous disc in the series, this album includes three of them. Dedicated to Pope Gregory XIII, Palestrina's style of writing for these sensual texts demonstrates what variety and intensity of feeling can be conveyed with the simplest of means. Completing this recording are three double-choir motets (a genre in which Palestrina was unsurpassed), Ave Regina, Iubilate Deo and Surge illuminare. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "O magnum mysterium" by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 22 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
A solis ortus cardine by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1589; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Jubilate Deo omnis terra by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
Ad te levavi, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories) by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1593 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Ave regina coelorum a 8 by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1575 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Fasciculus myrrhae dilectus meus by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1584; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Ecce tu pulcher es by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1584; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8.
Introduxit me rex in cellam by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1584; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9.
Magnificat quinti toni by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Deus enim firmavit by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11.
Surge illuminare Jerusalem by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2013 
Venue:  Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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