Palestrina - Missa Ecce ego Johannes and other sacred music
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Label: Hyperion - Helios
Cat No: CDH55407
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th February 2012
Laudate pueri a8
Magnificat quarti toni a4
Missa Ecce ego Johannes
Peccantem me quotidie
Tu es Petrus a7
ArtistsWestminster Cathedral Choir
The six-voice Missa Ecce ego Johannes presented here is based on an unknown model. The text ‘Ecce ego Johannes’, from the Book of Revelation, is used for the chapter (capitulum) at Vespers on All Saints’ Day, and it appears elsewhere (in the Sarum books, for example) as an antiphon at Matins for the same feast. The character of Palestrina’s setting, however, suggests that it might well have been based on a polyphonic model. It is a powerful, confident work on a par with the Missa Papae Marcelli and Assumpta est Maria - just listen to the very first notes of the Kyrie.
The motets that accompany the Mass show a more festive side to Palestrina, with exuberant melismatic writing.
All of these pieces deserve to be better known and there can be no choir better equipped to show the world the beauty of this music.
‘Even among the Westminster Cathedral Choir’s superb records this disc stands out. Perfect chording and ensemble, natural and musical phrasing, spot-on intonation and a glorious tonal blend, make this issue one to treasure’ - The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
‘For sheer beauty of sound this recording is unsurpassed’ - Gramophone
‘This work could not be better sung than, as here, by the choir of Westminster Cathedral’ - Contemporary Review
‘The listener can rejoice in the sumptuousness of the Westminster Cathedral sound with none of the anxiety over niggling imperfections that one suffers when hearing almost any other ensemble. The combination of accuracy with mastery of style is unrivalled’ - Gramophone Early Music
‘Yet another superb disc from Westminster Cathedral … many consider not only the finest cathedral choir in Britain, but one of the best in the world. The sound is quite glorious’ - Goldberg
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