Giovanni Palestrina, Vol. 3 - Missa Regina caeli; Stabat Mater; Motet Regina caeli, Terra tremuit et al. / The Sixteen

Album Summary

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad coenam Agni providi, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Vineam meam, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Si ignoras te, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Pulchrae sunt genea, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Regina coeli, motet for 8 voices (H vi 165)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Popule meus
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Confitebor tibi, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Terra tremuit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Regina coeli, for 4 voices (from Masses Book XII)
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Notes & Reviews:

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 is the wonderfully inspired Missa Regina caeli. The disc would not be complete, however, without the exquisite eight-voice Stabat Mater, possibly Palestrina's most famous piece and a work that emphasizes the other side of the Easter story: the agony and pain of the Crucifixion.

Sunday Times, 17th February 2013
The Missa Regina Caeli is] given a polished, carefully paced and highly sensitive reading here. The singers invest as much emotional intensity in one of the two double-choir polyphonic settings of the antiphon as they do in the rest of the set.

Sunday Times, 17th February 2013
[The Missa Regina Caeli is] given a polished, carefully paced and highly sensitive reading here. The singers invest as much emotional intensity in one of the two double-choir polyphonic settings of the antiphon as they do in the rest of the set.

The Observer, 17th March 2013
The subject - the grieving mother at the foot of the cross - is all the more anguished in this unadorned double-choir setting, sung with full, pure tone and welcome momentum...The Sixteen have their own divine qualities, generously on display here.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
The opening sequence, Stabat Mater, shows just what is admirable about this choir and the direction it receives...every ounce of implied drama, of unsettled feeling, and of deep reflection is brought to bear on a performance of superbly crafted form, nuanced dynamics, overlapping phrasing and effortless tuning...as The Sixteen get into this series they are warming to their task.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
In this style of interpreting Palestrina, The Sixteen are sensitive and remarkably assured... .The Sixteen's Palestrina cycle may just be a classic in the making.

International Record Review, July/August 2013
It is in the Song of Songs we find The Sixteen and Chirstophers at their most subtly beguiling...[the Missa Regina coeli] is another very fine performance, singers and conductor responding to the great variety inherent in both text and music with a kind of relaxed energy.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
For The Sixteen, this is the third release in a new series of Palestrina recordings. Each volume includes one of Palestrina's 104 masses. This newest release begins with the double- choir 'Stabat Mater', which like Allegri's 'Miserere'. Among its earliest editors were Dr Charles Burney and Richard Wagner.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (10/2012).



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Works Details

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad coenam Agni providi, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1589

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Vineam meam, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Si ignoras te, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Pulchrae sunt genea, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Regina coeli, motet for 8 voices (H vi 165)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Popule meus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Confitebor tibi, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Terra tremuit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Regina coeli, for 4 voices (from Masses Book XII)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1601