The Call of Rome / Christophers, The Sixteen

Release Date: 3/6/2020
Label: Coro
Catalog Number: COR16178
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1

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CD
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$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Rome – the ‘Eternal’ City. Once the capital of a republic and empire which defined the Western world in ancient times and left indelible imprints thereafter both physically and spiritually. A city of unparalleled beauty, a source of learning, and a capital of the arts which has inspired countless pilgrimages. A city which motivated the composers on this album to create some of their finest works including one of the most famous pieces of choral music ever written – Allegri’s Miserere. This album concentrates on that call to Rome which was irresistible for the Flemish composer, Josquin, and the Spaniard, Victoria. Here they sit alongside Felice Anerio and Gregorio Allegri who spent their lives in Rome in the service of the Papal chapels.

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REVIEW:

At their best, The Sixteen and their director Harry Christophers strike an exciting balance between informed historical performance and broad public appeal. The Call of Rome falls into this group, with limpid performances of some Renaissance favorites, including the most favorite of all, the Miserere of Gregorio Allegri. Christophers and The Sixteen inquire into the role of Rome in the music of the later 16th century, setting two native-born Romans, Allegri and the underrated Felice Anerio, with two composers, Josquin Desprez and Victoria, who felt "the call to Rome." The program holds together, and the singing is up to the usual high standard of The Sixteen. The album is a good place to start for those new to The Sixteen and is also worth the time of those familiar with the music of the 16th century.

– All Music Guide (James Manheim)
Works on This Recording
1. Pater noster by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
1. De Lamentatione by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
2. Ave Maria by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
2. Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday 1-6 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
3. Gaude virgo, mater Christi by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
3. Litaniae Beatissimae Virginis Mariae by Felice Anerio
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
4. Illibata Dei virgo nutrix by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
4. Missa "In lectulo meo": Gloria by Gregorio Allegri
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
5. Miserere by Gregorio Allegri
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Baroque
Written: Circa 1630 ; Italy
6. Regina caeli laetare à 8 by Felice Anerio
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
7. Salve regina a 8 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1576 ; Spain
8. Illibata Dei virgo nutrix by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
9. Miserere by Gregorio Allegri
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Baroque
Written: Circa 1630 ; Italy
10. Regina caeli laetare à 8 by Felice Anerio
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
11. Salve regina a 8 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1576 ; Spain
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