Palestrina Edition Vol.5 / The Sixteen

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Label: CORO
Catalog: COR16124
Format: CD

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Iam Christus astra ascenderat, Dum complerentur, Loquebantur variis linguis, Hymn: Veni Creator Spiritus, plainchant: Iam Christus astra ascenderat, Veni Sancte Spiritus, Song of Songs: nos. 13, 14 & 15, Laeva eius sub capite meo, Vox dilecti mei, Surge, propera, amica mea

“The Sixteen’s Palestrina cycle may just be a classic in the making.”
Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of Palestrina's great work with the fifth disc in their celebrated series. This album features a selection of Palestrina’s music for Pentecost including his Missa Iam Christus astra ascenderat. Alongside the Mass are motets from the Song of Songs. The Song of Songs are among some of Palestrina’s most sublime and expressive works and, as with previous disc in the series, this album includes three of them. Dedicated to Pope Gregory XIII, Palestrina’s style of writing for these sensual texts demonstrates what variety and intensity of feeling can be conveyed with the simplest of means.

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