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Product details

  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Coro
  • ASIN: B008CWR3HQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Motet - Hodie Christus natus est
  2. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Hymn - Christe Redemptor omnium
  3. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Magnificat Quinti toni
  4. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Tui sunt caeli
  5. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Reges Tharsis
  6. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Missa Hodie Christus natus est
  7. Song of Songs: nos. 1-3 Osculetur me osculo oris sui
  8. Song of Songs: nos. 1-3 Trahe me post te
  9. Song of Songs: nos. 1-3 Nigra sum sed Formosa
  10. Motet O magnum mysterium 6 voc.

Product Description

Product Description

Following the success of the first volume in their Palestrina series which won the International Classical Music Award for Early Music, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen release the second recording in the series which has a Christmas theme. Palestrina was born in 1525 not far from Rome, in the town whose name he bore and from which we take the cover images for this series of discs. Possibly the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time, Palestrina was a towering figure in Renaissance polyphony. Choral singers world-wide will know his Missa Papae Marcelli (recorded by The Sixteen on COR16014) as, without doubt, it is the most renowned of Palestrinas works and possibly the most famous mass of all time. Each volume in this series is based around a single mass and theme relevant to that mass, in this case the Nativity and the festive Motet and Mass Hodie Christus Natus Est. The mass features alongside some of his settings of the Song of Songs as well as the Magnificat Quinti toni and Motet O magnum mysterium.

Review

The Sixteen let the music speak for itself. --Gramophone, Christmas '12

Beautifully sung- as we would expect from one of Britain's most accomplished and consistently impressive choirs and presented with the perfect mix of academic rigour and communicative zeal which elevates every one of the recordings into a true art in its own right. --IRR, Dec'12

The Sixteen are at their best in jubliant passages of celebration such as those in the motet Hodie Christus where there is exhultation at Christ's birth.In the Osanna we find something beyond mere noisy joyfulness; the bright, fluid soprano voices construct crystal clear patterns which can then be deftly followed by the rest of the choir. Performance **** Recording *** --BBC Music Magazine, Feb'13

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Beautiful, flowing polyphony, not a note out of place. The singing is outstanding, clear and with great feeling bringing out the joyful music of the Nativity. Every piece is a gem in short nearly seventy minutes of bliss.
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The cd delivered a first-class performance, which is what you would expect from The Sixteen. The recording was crisp and clear. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I`m glad I bought it.
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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2013
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Palestrina volume 2 carries on from the first in it's magnificence. Recorded in the Church of Saint Albans, Harry Christophers with his production team and the Sixteen, select the perfect venues and acoustics to bring out the intensity and purity of their performances. This is another five star recording. Difficult to pick an outstanding number as they are all sublime, but playing ' Missa Hodie Christus Artus est' and 'Tui Sunt Cali' made me realise I was not the only one in the house with tearful eyes. Wonderful.
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Excellant as usual.
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This is what I call divine! I can listen to this CD many times a week and still as in trance. It will Live with me for a long time.
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