The Sixteen: Palestrina Vol.3 | Coro COR16106

The Sixteen: Palestrina Vol.3


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16106

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th January 2013



A towering figure in Renaissance polyphony, Palestrina is arguably one of the greatest composers of Liturgical music of all time. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of his work with a disc of music for the Easter period.

Many of the works on this new recording celebrate the joyful part of Easter - the Resurrection - and the central mass on this disc is the wonderfully inspired Missa Regina caeli. The Mass is based on the well-known, immediately recognisable, plainchant Antiphon Regina caeli and the recording also includes the 8-voice motet of the same name.

As with volumes 1 and 2, this disc also includes three of Palestrina’s settings of the Song of Songs, this time alongside three offertories for the Easter period and the hymn Ad caenam agni providi.

This disc would not be complete, however, without the exquisite 8-voice Stabat Mater - possibly Palestrina’s most famous piece in current times and a work that emphasises the other side of the Easter story - the agony and pain of the Crucifixion.

An effortlessly radiant recording.” - BBC Radio 3 CD Review (on Palestrina Volume 2 - COR16105)

The approach of Harry Christophers is distinctive and revelatory, and he has surrounded the mass with a well-chosen array of motets...the imaginative variety of these performances bodes well for the future volumes in this series.” - BBC Music Magazine (on Palestrina Volume 1 - COR16091)

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