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De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem by Pizzetti, Malipiero, Allegri, James MacMillan, Puccini / Vasari Singers, Backhouse

Album Summary

>Pizzetti, Ildebrando : De profundis, for chorus
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : De profundis, for baritone, viola, bass drum & organ
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>MacMillan, James : Miserere, for chorus
>Puccini, Giacomo : Requiem for soprano, tenor, bass & organ (or harmonium)
>Pizzetti, Ildebrando : Messa di Requiem, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Paired religious settings (of the Miserer and De Profundis), including MacMillan's gravely beautiful Miserere. Gleaming work from the sopranos, but overall the impact is a trifle muted.

These three pairs of sublime choral settings span well over 350 years. The earliest is Allegri’s Miserere, a work considered so precious it was kept secret until Mozart heard it and famously transcribed it from memory. James MacMillan’s 21st century companion piece is a transcendent reply to this challenge from history. Malipiero’s and Pizzetti’s resumption of a fractured friendship resulted in their mutually dedicated but differing settings of De profundis. Puccini’s brief but exquisite Requiem commemorated the death of Verdi, while Pizzetti, a late admirer of Puccini, revealed his empathy with vocal polyphony in a full setting of the Requiem Mass.

MusicWeb International, 8th December 2014
This is a programme of connections, one of which is the commissioning, by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, of a setting of the Miserere by James MacMillan specifically to complement the Allegri setting. MacMillan succeeds brilliantly in fulfilling the request for his piece to be complementary and it's very good to hear the two settings side by side. A thoughtfully conceived and interesting programme has been flawlessly executed.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Another discovery was the great beauty of Pizzetti's choral writing. Pizzetti's music shows a wonderful suppleness of line, combined with careful attention to text and a fine contrapuntal skill. A fine release. If the program of pairs appeals to you, or if I have you interested in Pizzetti, you'll enjoy the solid performances by Backhouse and his Vasari Singers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/21/2014-02/23/2014).



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>Pizzetti, Ildebrando : De profundis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/21/2014-02/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1937

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : De profundis, for baritone, viola, bass drum & organ
  • Performers: Daniel Burges; William Nicholson (Organ); Jon Thorne (Viola); Matthew Wood (Baritone)
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/21/2014-02/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
  • Performers: Keith Long; Jocelyn Somerville; Susan Waton
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/21/2014-02/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>MacMillan, James : Miserere, for chorus
  • Performers: Matt Bernstein; Paul Robertson; Julia Smith
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/21/2014-02/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Requiem for soprano, tenor, bass & organ (or harmonium)
  • Performers: William Nicholson (Organ); Jon Thorne (Viola)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/21/2014-02/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1905

>Pizzetti, Ildebrando : Messa di Requiem, for chorus
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK (02/21/2014-02/23/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1922