Pekiel: Ave Maria, Missa Concertata

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Label: CORO
Catalog: COR16110
Format: CD

The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan

Bartlomiej Pekiel (fl.1633-1670)
Audite mortales / Dulcis Amor Jesu / Resonet in laudibus / Magnum nomen Domini / Ave Maria / Assumpta est Maria / O Adoranda Trinitas / Nativitas tua / Missa Concertata La Lombardesca Missa a 14 (Kyrie & Gloria)

Associate Conductor of The Sixteen, EAMONN DOUGAN, makes his full conducting debut on CORO in the first of an exciting new series exploring some of Poland's greatest choral composers.

"He was astonishing: fire-breathing, pulling leads into focus, gouging out fine vocal detail, and ensuring decoration emerged from the glowing hinterland of thick textures...If we didn't actually hear Dougan's baritone, his personality could be felt at every turn in the music." The Church Times "Eamonn Dougan is fast emerging as a leading conductor of the younger generation. He has vast experience as a solo singer, a chorus conductor and as a highly respected member of the London professional choir scene, and, is rapidly developing his profile as an orchestral conductor." Martyn Brabbins

Bartlomiej Pekiel was one of the most eminent Polish composers of choral music of the 17th century. He served at the court in Warsaw from around 1633 and was assistant to Marco Scacchi at the Chapel Royal in Warsaw before becoming Kapellmeister himself from 1645-1655 - the first non-Italian to hold the post. He then moved to Wawel Cathedral in Krakow where he wrote for the Rorantist vocal ensemble.
Just 29 of his compositions survive today and on this new album by The Sixteen under the direction of Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, we present 10 of his works for choir and orchestra including the Missa Concertata La Lombardesca resplendent with double choir, violins and sackbuts and the extraordinary and dramatic Audite mortales.
In this recording dedicated solely to his works, Pekiel shows himself to be a skilled craftsman, mastering the techniques taught by the Italian maestri, but also imbuing his works with his own particular harmonic colour in all the varied styles in which he writes.

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