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Allegri - Miserere; Lotti - Crucifixus; Palestrina - Stabat Mater Dolorosa [CD]

The Sixteen, harry christophers Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Audio CD (5 May 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Coro
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ27
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Crucifixus 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stabat Mater Dolorosa 9:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Miserere mei12:17Album Only
Listen  4. Missa Papae Marcelli - Kyrie 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Missa Papae Marcelli - Gloria 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Missa Papae Marcelli - Credo / The Sixteen / Harry Christophers 8:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Missa Papae Marcelli - Sanctus and Benedictus 6:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Missa Papae Marcelli - Agnus Dei I 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
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The haunting tones of Allegri's Miserere are unique and instantly recognisable even to those who know little sacred choral music. Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli is certainly his best known work. Along with his Stabat Mater it combines exquisite contrapuntal poise with a translucent setting of the words, whereby music and text complement each other to the detriment of neither. The chromaticism and blossoming cadences of Lotti's eight part Crucifixus have made it a work loved by both choirs and listeners


Christophers draws brilliant performances from his singers, both technically assured and vividly impassioned. --The Guardian

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244 of 249 people found the following review helpful
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This is the greatest version of the Misere since The King`s College Version in 1963 by Willcocks. The high notes here not by the boys choirs and not in English but in Latin soar to such heights they are goosebump inducing. This entire recording is authentic, and quality and beautiful from start to finish. You go straight in from the first notes and it builds wonderfully and is consistent throughout. Harry Christophers seems to have a natural feel for this kind of music. I have also been very impressed with his Byrd.

This disc is a real pleasure. It is sung with care and control and yet invisably flawless in the fautlines with a sense of the beauty of the artistic or religious vision. The quality of the Sixteen here is suberb. One of their best ever recordings.

I could not believe this had no reviews so thought I would just help people along to make an informed choice here being the first reviewer.I would be interested to hear what others think. I have quite a number of Palestrina cds and other contemporary polyphonic composers and this is one of my most treasured recordings...It has a real grace to it and flow and clarity to the voices . And it is all the better to be sung in Latin musically than some of the English translations. It makes it more abstract and pure a musical experience for me. My Latin is far too rusty to make out much at all. The voices do overlap well and are very well timed. I cannot make out a single flaw in the timing but I am sure they may be some. The entire recording hangs well from start to finish like a great work of art should. This cd is also very well balanced and flows as it ought like an entire experience. I have bought a few of the cheaper Palestrina cds but I was glad to pay the extra for this cd. It really is that beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Heaven 12 Nov 2007
By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
If there is one classical vocal album you need to have in your collection, this is it. It is sublime and will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. You've heard of classical chill - this is the real deal. This is a magnificent collection and the Miserere in particular is something really special. The Sixteen are a wonderfully talented group of people and they can be justly proud of their achievement with this recording. I cannot recommend this CD highly enough - it is simply magnificent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Music!!! 26 May 2013
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The Music of The Sixteen is truely heavenly. Allegri's Miserere is one of the most beautifull pieces I have listened to for a long Time.
You just want to listen to it over and over again. Not all Addictions are bad though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allerri- Miserere 29 Mar 2011
By gail
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I am not an expert on music but this version of Allegri is beautiful and encouraged me to search other recordings by The Sixteen and I am yet to be disappointed, it lead me to buy Renaissance - Music for Inner Peace would recommend as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 20 May 2013
By ginger
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I love this, so chill yet so up lifting, I never tire of it. I still have not heard a better version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful singing 1 Feb 2013
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One of the best recordings of the Miserere I have heard. I bought the CD for the Palestrina as I was singing it my next concert...but was blown away by the Allegri.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Soprano v treble, 1960s v 2003 24 Oct 2009
By Steve C
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As turn-of-the-century recordings go, this performance really isn't bad - in places it's positively good. For my tastes though, the Allegri in particular falls short. The more complex, and what seems like close-miked acoustic has less sense of space than the famous 1963 recording on Decca and that, plus the use of soprano rather than treble, follows a modern trend that has everything to do with practicality and little to do with the music as intended. The treble in the 1963 Decca is so ethereal it really does seem to disconnect from earth; I don't feel I can say that about any of the recordings I have heard that use soprano voice in its place. Yes, a well-trained soprano can project, has weight, can take the pounding of recording and re-recording and of a demanding touring schedule; but the music was written as a dramatic piece to be performed in a particular place in a particular way. I feel the '63 recording comes close to that in acoustic and the recording itself was created at the peak of what turned out to be the fabulous 50s and 60s Decca legacy. Sadly, young men reach puberty ever sooner in their young lives and the requirements of modern music directors, not to mention recording studios, is such that I fear their presence will be ever rarer.
That said, The Sixteen are highly proficient and there are some nice pieces on this disc. If, however, you don't have one and are looking for a recording of the Allegri, go back to the Decca.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THESHOLD OF PARADISE 3 Sep 2008
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Allegri's Miserere is given the top billing on this disc, perhaps because of some celebrated special effects, explained in the liner notes, that it contains. The first track is devoted to a sombre and beautiful Crucifixus (from the Nicene Creed) by one Lotti, an older contemporary of Bach. Admirable and compelling, both of these, but what I bought this disc for was the two items by Palestrina, his Stabat Mater and the celestial Missa Papae Marcelli.

It is not just the quality of the early music specialists these days but the sheer profusion of them that continues to astonish me. I looked through the list of singers (18, not 16) and while I did not recognise most of the names offhand that may simply be because I did not investigate my large record collection, and I certainly did spot the name of a certain Mark Padmore among the tenors. The top parts are taken by sopranos, not trebles, all the altos are male, and the four soloists in the Allegri are also members of the choir.

To me, the 16th century polyphonists are not some recondite category of music that I have come to know in a spirit of antiquarianism. My early education made me familiar with Palestrina, Victoria and others of the period before I knew Bach Beethoven and Brahms, and that surely has to be the right sequence simply because it is the chronological and historical sequence. I have no mental reconfiguring to do before I listen to Palestrina because I have long known, and indeed sung in, the two works here. If they need `selling' to anyone, the best I can do is to state baldly that these performances are magnificent and the music itself is sublime beyond sublimity.
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