£11.99 + £1.26 UK delivery
Only 1 left in stock. Sold by swankers3

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Palestrina: Missa Pro Defunctis & Motets

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

Price: £11.99
Only 1 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by swankers3.
3 new from £11.98 3 used from £10.98
£11.99 Only 1 left in stock. Dispatched from and sold by swankers3.

Amazon's Chanticleer Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Product details

  • Composer: Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina
  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000088DTG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 5 : Gaude gloriosa"
  2. Palestrina : Missa pro defunctis [Requiem] : I Introitus - Requiem aeternam
  3. Palestrina : Missa pro defunctis [Requiem] : II Kyrie
  4. Palestrina : Missa pro defunctis [Requiem] : III Offertorium - Domine Jesu Christe
  5. Palestrina : Missa pro defunctis [Requiem] : IV Sanctus - Benedictus
  6. Palestrina : Missa pro defunctis [Requiem] : V Agnus Dei
  7. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 5 : Salve Regina"
  8. Palestrina : Hymni totius anni : Pange lingue
  9. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 3 : O bone Jesu"
  10. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 4, 'Canticum canticorum' : Trahe me"
  11. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 4, 'Canticum canticorum' : Nigra sum, sed formosa"
  12. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 4, 'Canticum canticorum' : Surge, propera"
  13. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 4, 'Canticum canticorum' : Surge, amica mea"
  14. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 4, 'Canticum canticorum' : Quam pulchra es"
  15. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 4, 'Canticum canticorum' : Veni, dilecte mi"
  16. "Palestrina : Motets, Book 2 : Gaude, Barbara"

Product Description

His setting of the Requiem texts, was first published in 1591, a brief three years before his death, and perhaps intended for his own funeral – the Song of Songs requires more explanation. Taken literally, these texts constitute biblical erotica. Their rich descriptions of the lovers’ relationship resembles many a contemporary secular madrigal, but allegorical interpretation held sway in biblical hermeneutics of the time, situating the lover/beloved pair variously as Christ/church, Christ/soul or even Christ/Mary. In his dedication of these motets to Pope Gregory XIII, Palestrina took the unusual step of discussing the style of his pieces, telling the pontiff, ‘I have used a kind of music somewhat livelier that I have been accustomed to use in church music, for this I felt that the subject itself demanded’. In short, Palestrina adopts a more madrigalian idiom; but nothing could be more appropriate for these works that remain, at some irreducible level, settings of love poetry. Palestrina’s source for the melodic materials of his mass highlights the relationship between his melodic idiom and plainchant in a way similar to many of his motets. Without exception, he adapts the most prominent from the plainchants for the Requiem Mass, offering each imitatively through the fivevoice texture so that the same motifs are heard in overlapping succession from voice to voice. As was customary in the sixteenth century, Palestrina omits the Sequence, Dies irae, and next sets the Offertory, Domine Jesu Christe.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent recording of Palestrina's setting of the Requiem mass, combined with some motets taken from the Song of Songs - a slightly odd-seeming combination as the Song of Songs is a sequence of love poems, some of them distinctly erotic. Nevertheless, this works very well as a programme and is among my favourite recordings of Palestrina.

Palestrina's music is a model of polyphonic composition, which I find sometimes means that technique can drive out feeling in some of his works, but that is not true here. These are lovely, heartfelt compositions (some maintain that Palestrina wrote the Requiem for his own funeral) which are full of emotion. The Requiem laments without being turgid and the Song of Songs selections have genuine erotic power. They are done full justice by Chanticleer, who sing beautifully. They generate a lovely, rich sound, are technically excellent and engage with the text in a way which really brings these works to life. It's a fine performance: when Chanticleer get it right they can produce something very special, and they do that here, I think.

I warmly recommend this disc - it's one of the best of the Palestrina recordings I know.

(By the way, I would also strongly recommend Philippe Herreweghe's wonderful recording of Missa Viri Galilaei Palestrina - Missa & Motet Viri Galilaei )
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: HASH(0x916c14b0) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9119b36c) out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan 16 Jan. 2007
By George Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'THE SONG OF SONGS' I DO REVERE; ESPECIALLY WHEN SUNG BY CHANTICLEER

From the moment when, at the age of eleven, Giovanno Pierluigi da Palestrina became a choir boy at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, until he died, the church was a permanent backdrop for the drama of his life,-now it was the Sistine chapel, now a simple country place of worship, but always a house of God.

Palestrina's compositions display purity and clarity, comparative brevity and simplicity; polyphony used with judicious reserve, the banishing of secular elements from his music.

The genre of the "Missa pro defunctis" (requiem mass) , so-called because it begins with the plainchant 'Requiem aeternam' (Eternal rest), flourished during Palestrina's lifetime.
His source for the melodic materials of his mass highlights the relationship between his melodic idiom and plainchant in a way similar to many his motets. Without exception, he adapts the most prominant melodies from the plainchants for the Requiem Mass, offering each imitatively through the five-voice texture so that the same motives are heard in overlapping succession from voice to voice.

The "Pange lingua", a hymn setting with its odd-numbered stanzas performed polyphonically and it's even ones in plainchant, was sung at the feast of Corpus Christi throughout Catholicism.

Palestrina composed 'Gaude Barbara' for his patron Duke Guglielmo Gonzaga. It is a motet commemorating the virtues of St. Barbara.

"O bone Jesu", a tender supplication to Christ, recalls us briefly to contemplation of death.

The "Song of Songs" is an allegory of Christ's intimacy with the one 'true' (Roman) Church. In this motet Palestrina adopts a more madrigalian idiom, but nothing could be more appropriate for these words that remain, at some irreducible level, settings of love poetry.

Chanticleer is a full-time professional 'a cappella' ensemble based in the U.S., and has developed a remarkable reputation for its interpretation of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz. The ensemble takes its name from the rooster in Chaucer's Canturbury Tales.There are (on this disc) five countertenors, three tenors, two baritones, one bass-baritone and one bass. Their rendition of the Palestrina music is perfection! For those of you who enjoy this early music composer, this listening experience would be truly memorable.
HASH(0x91573474) out of 5 stars Excellent Palestrina 5 Nov. 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent recording of Palestrina's setting of the Requiem mass, combined with some motets taken from the Song of Songs - a slightly odd-seeming combination as the Song of Songs is a sequence of love poems, some of them distinctly erotic. Nevertheless, this works very well as a programme and is among my favourite recordings of Palestrina.

Palestrina's music is a model of polyphonic composition, which I find sometimes means that technique can drive out feeling in some of his works, but that is not true here. These are lovely, heartfelt compositions (some maintain that Palestrina wrote the Requiem for his own funeral) which are full of emotion. The Requiem laments without being turgid and the Song of Songs selections have genuine erotic power. They are done full justice by Chanticleer, who sing beautifully. They generate a lovely, rich sound, are technically excellent and engage with the text in a way which really brings these works to life. It's a fine performance: when Chanticleer get it right they can produce something very special, and they do that here, I think.

I warmly recommend this disc - it's one of the best of the Palestrina recordings I know.

(By the way, I would also strongly recommend Philippe Herreweghe's wonderful recording of Missa Viri Galilaei Palestrina - Missa & Motet Viri Galilaei )
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know


Customer Discussions


Look for similar items by category


Feedback