Music From The Sistine Chapel / The Sixteen
Allegri: Christus resurgens ex mortuis Missa - Che fa oggi il mio sole Anerio, F: Ave Regina caelorum a 8 Regina caeli laetare a 8 Stabat Mater a 12 Magnificat secundi toni a 8 Marenzio: Che fa oggi il mio sole Palestrina: Ascendit Deus a 5 Ave Verum Angelus Domini descendit de caelo a 5 Assumpta est Maria a 6
This disc offers a fascinating collection of works written for the Papal Chapel. Researched and sung by one of the world's leading choirs, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, this recording includes many world premiere recordings of these rarely heard sacred works. Felice Anerio displays a fluid mastery of the Roman style of composition, and some of his surviving settings are shown to advantage here, in particular his glorious twelve-part setting of Stabat Mater, more ambitious and possibly more beautiful than those by Palestrina and Lassus. Gregorio Allegri is famous for his Miserere (available on CORO as COR16014); this recording contains representative examples of his polyphonic style. Together with settings by the towering figure of Palestrina, all receive warm and vital performances.