The Queen Of Heaven / The Sixteen

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Label: CORO
Catalog: COR16118
Format: CD

The Sixteen

Regina caeli plainsong Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus Its Evolution MacMillan: The Strathclyde Motets: Dominus dabit benignitatem The Strathclyde Motets: O Radiant Dawn The Strathclyde Motets: Videns Dominus Miserere Palestrina: Missa Regina caeli: Agnus Dei I-III Improperium exspectavit cor meum Stabat mater Vineam meam non custodivi Regina coeli Pulchrae sunt genae tuae Missa Regina caeli: Kyrie

Now, in its 13th year, The Choral Pilgrimage stands as testament to Harry Christophers’ ongoing mission to bring a wide variety of sacred music back to the kind of buildings for which it was written. Allegri’s Miserere is the single most famous piece of sacred music ever written. Although it is instantly recognisable with its haunting tones, mythology surrounds it. This year’s Choral Pilgrimage allows Harry Christophers to explore its evolution and enduring appeal. This new version of the Allegri Miserere entitled ‘Its Evolution’ as performed on the Pilgrimage has been recorded and appears on this disc. James MacMillan dedicated his powerful and emotional setting of the Miserere to Harry Christohers and The Sixteen who premiered the work in 2010 and recorded it shortly afterwards. Alongside Allegri, MacMillan is one of the few composer to ever set the full Miserere to music. His exquisite version is one of the highlights of this year’s programme. Arguably the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is often billed as ‘The Prince of Music’ and by some ‘The Saviour of Church Music’. The 2013 tour includes some of his wonderful music for Easter including the Stabat Mater a8 and excerpts from the Missa Regina caeli.

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