Notes and Editorial Reviews
This new release by the world’s oldest choir – performed and recorded in the heart of the Catholic Church, features works by the most celebrated Italian musician of his time and reformer of church music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
Recorded in the year of the "Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy“ (8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016) - which Pope Francis defined as “a revolution of tenderness and love” giving justice to the world – it is pure music carrying the essential message of divine generosity and care, selected by choir leader Massimo Palombella.
In the Ave Maria the choir use falsettist countertenors, whose tone noticeably lightens the overall texture and helps to find a more intimate quality. This result is fascinating: the sheer sense of height and depth of the building is considerably enhanced and suddenly the polyphony is soft-focus.