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Palestrina, Vol. 4 / The Sixteen, Christophers

Audio Samples

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa O magnum mysterium, for 5 voices (from Masses Book IV)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : A solis ortus cardine, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Jubilate Deo
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad te levavi, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave regina coelorum, motet for 8 voices (from Motets Book III)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Fasciculus myrrhae, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ecce tu pulcher es, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Introduxit me rex, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Magnificat, Tone 5 (unspecified of 4 settings)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Deus enim fermavit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surge illuminare Jerusalem

Album Summary

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa O magnum mysterium, for 5 voices (from Masses Book IV)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : A solis ortus cardine, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Jubilate Deo
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad te levavi, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave regina coelorum, motet for 8 voices (from Motets Book III)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Fasciculus myrrhae, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ecce tu pulcher es, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Introduxit me rex, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Magnificat, Tone 5 (unspecified of 4 settings)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Deus enim fermavit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surge illuminare Jerusalem
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Notes & Reviews:

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of Palestrina's work with the fourth disc in their celebrated series. This album features a selection of Palestrina's music for Christmas including his largely unknown masterpiece, the Missa O magnum mysterium. Also presented are several unusual hymn settings including A solis ortus cardine, a setting of a famous chant hymn for Christmas morning. Alongside the hymns are motets from the Song of Songs, some of Palestrina's most sublime and expressive works and as with the previous disc in the series, this album includes three of them. Completing the recording are three double-choir motets (a genre in which Palestrina was unsurpassed): Ave Regina, Iubilate Deo, and Surge illuminare.

BBC Radio 3
An effortlessly radiant recording.

Gramophone
The Sixteen's Palestrina cycle may just be a classic in the making.

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of Palestrina's work with the fourth disc in their celebrated series. The album features a selection of Palestrina's music for Christmas including his largely unknown masterpiece, the Missa O magnum mysterium. Also presented are several unusual hymn settings including A solis ortus cardine, a setting of a famous chant hymn for Christmas morning. Alongside the hymns are motets from the Song of Songs, some of Palestrina's most sublime and expressive works, and as with the previous disc in the series this album includes three of them. Completing the recording are three double-choir motets (a genre in which Palestrina was unsurpassed): Ave Regina, Iubilate Deo, and Surge illuminare.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Recorded in January 2013 at the Church of St. Alban the Martyr in London, the recording has ambient warmth and the sound is ideally reverberated in the space. As an exponent of the music of Palestrina, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have few rivals. The performances are wonderful, the music is divine, and is essential listening in order to have any sort of a long view of the history of Western music.... read more ...

The Independent on Sunday, 8th September 2013
[Palestrina's] soaring, arcing lines and setting with conviction of the Mass and other liturgical and biblical texts are wondrously realised in The Sixteen's continuing exploration of the composer.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
In these performances there are fine examples of large-scale architectural sense, as in the driving clarity of Surge illuminare, and of textural sensitivity in the brilliantly perky imitation of the 'Sicut erat' section of the Magnificat...The singing throughout is well-blended and precisely tuned.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The motets included here are a nicely varied lot, ranging from a Latin hymn setting through a four-voice Magnificat to three splendid double-choir items. Full and rich sound. Good notes on each item, with full texts and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (01/2013).



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Works Details

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa O magnum mysterium, for 5 voices (from Masses Book IV)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1582

>Palestrina, Giovanni : A solis ortus cardine, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1589

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Jubilate Deo
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad te levavi, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave regina coelorum, motet for 8 voices (from Motets Book III)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Fasciculus myrrhae, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ecce tu pulcher es, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Introduxit me rex, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book IV from Canticis canticorum)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Magnificat, Tone 5 (unspecified of 4 settings)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Deus enim fermavit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surge illuminare Jerusalem
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575