Renaissance Choral Masterworks

Release Date: 3/23/2018
Catalog Number: BRI95662
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The Renaissance era encompasses some of the most magnificent choral music ever written, at a time when composers were attached to royal chapels and cathedrals, and dedicated their art to the service of God, to creating musical masterworks that would complement and reflect the glory of the architecture which contained them. This album contains some of the most enduring masterpieces from that time. It opens with the haunting strains of the Miserere which Allegri wrote for the Lenten liturgies of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome: the austere, haunting harmonies quickly became so renowned that the basilica moved to protect the work’s uniqueness by withholding the score and allowing performances only by its own choir. There follows the Renaissance blockbuster Spem in alium, which Thomas Tallis created in 40 separate parts, to rival the grand but more static conception of an Italian contemporary. The courts of Spain and the Netherlands are also represented, with the lamenting O vos omnes by Victoria and Absalon fili mii by Josquin. The performances are compiled from albums by some of the world’s most renowned choirs for this repertoire, mostly based in the English centre of choral excellence, the chapels of Cambridge. However, the music is largely Italian in origin, as one might expect: the melancholy strains of Palestrina’s Stabat mater and Lotti’s magical, eight-part Crucifixus are answered by more joyful and exuberant pieces by Monteverdi and Gabrieli, conceived for the Basilica of St Mark’s in Venice.
Works on This Recording
1. Miserere by Gregorio Allegri
Conductor: Timothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Clare College Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: Circa 1630 ; Italy
2. Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Conductor: Alistair Dixon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chapelle du Roi
Period: Renaissance
Written: after 1559 ; England
3. Stabat Mater by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor: Timothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Clare College Choir
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Italy
4. Salve Regina by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1656 ; Italy
5. Magnificat octavi toni by Sebastian de Vivanco
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Renaissance
6. Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti
Period: Baroque
7. Gradualia, Volume 1: Part 2 - Ave verum corpus by William Byrd
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1605 ; England
8. Absalon, fili mi by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor: Timothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Clare College Choir
Period: Renaissance
9. O vos omnes, unspecified by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor: Timothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Clare College Choir
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1610 ; Italy
10. Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae: Tenebrae Responsories - O vos omnes by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor: Timothy Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Clare College Choir
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1585 ; Spain
11. Laudate pueri by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor: Federico Bardazzi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble San Felice
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1640 ; Italy
12. Ave maris stella by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor: Federico Bardazzi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble San Felice
Period: Baroque
13. Ahi, senza te, pretiosa Margherita by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1595 ; Venice, Italy
14. Ninfe leggiadre e belle by Alessandro Striggio
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1575 ;
15. Dolce nemica mia, madrigal for 7 voices by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
16. O bene mio by Adrian Willaert
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Written: pub 1545 ;
17. Alma cortes'e bella, madrigal for 3 voices by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
18. Cor mio by Johann Grabbe
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1609 ; Italy
19. Deh dolce anima by Hans Nielsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
20. T'amo vita by Mogens Pederson
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
21. Kyrie by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1597 ; Venice, Italy
22. Fuggi pur se sai by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1590 ; Italy
23. In nobil sangue by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Italy
24. Alla battaglia by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
25. Amor, dove mi guidi by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1590 ; Italy
26. A le guancie di rose by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Venice, Italy
27. Gloria a 16 by Andrea Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Italy
28. Sanctus by Claudio Merulo
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
29. Missa Benedicam Dominum: Credo by Claudio Merulo
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
30. Hodie Christus natus est by Claudio Merulo
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1594 ; Venice, Italy
31. Agnus Dei by Claudio Merulo
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
32. Omnes gentes plaudite manibus by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1597 ; Venice, Italy
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