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Cantate Domino: La Cappella Sistina e la Musica dei Papi - sacred works by di Lasso, Victoria, Anerio, Allegri / Sistine Chapel Choior, Palombella

Album Summary

>Chant, Gregorian : Rorate caeli desuper
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad te levavi, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Magnificat, Octavi toni (i), for 8 voices, H. xv/166
>Chant, Gregorian : Lumen ad revelationem gentium, processional chant, in mode 8
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Super flumina Babylonis
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Popule meus
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Chant, Gregorian : Christus factus est, gradual in mode 5 (Liber Usualis, No 655)
>Anerio, Felice : Christus Factus Est, motet for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Popule meus, responsory (improperium) for 4 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Adoramus te Christe, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Sicut cervus
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Angelus Domini, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Jubilate Deo omnis terra, motet for 4 voices, M. xiv (S. iii/62)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Constitueseos, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tu es Petrus, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For the first time ever, the Vatican has opened the doors of the iconic Sistine Chapel for a studio recording with the Sistine Chapel Choir - the world's oldest choir. The landmark new album, Cantate Domino, captures the sounds of this extraordinary acoustic, with music performed by the Pope's own choir.

The album, which was made by special permission of the Vatican, includes music written for the Sistine Chapel Choir by Palestrina, Lassus and Victoria during the Renaissance. There are also two pieces of Gregorian chant, alongside a world-premiere recording of the original version of Allegri's fabled Miserere (Sistine Codex of 1661) and a Nunc dimittis attributed to Palestrina which is still used during Papal celebrations. Cantate Domino offers listeners the chance to hear these pieces as the composers intended - in Latin and in the surroundings for which they were originally written.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
This disc of sacred polyphony and plainsong is an interesting exercise in advocacy for the current Sistine Chapel Choir under its director Massimo Palombella. He tells us the performances will be dynamic, fluid and expressive unlike the 'black-and-white' visions favoured in North European performances...The chanting of Christus factus est is a revelation, with every inflection implied by the notation executed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Vatican, Sistine Chapel (03/2015/05/2015).



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>Chant, Gregorian : Rorate caeli desuper
  • Performer: Ermenegildo Corsini
  • Conductor: Massimo Palombella
  • Ensemble: Sistine Chapel Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad te levavi, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1584

>Lassus, Orlando de : Magnificat, Octavi toni (i), for 8 voices, H. xv/166
  • Performer: Anselmo Fabiani
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Lumen ad revelationem gentium, processional chant, in mode 8
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Super flumina Babylonis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Popule meus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
  • Ensemble: Solo Quartet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Chant, Gregorian : Christus factus est, gradual in mode 5 (Liber Usualis, No 655)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anerio, Felice : Christus Factus Est, motet for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Popule meus, responsory (improperium) for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Solo Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Adoramus te Christe, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Sicut cervus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Angelus Domini, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Lassus, Orlando de : Jubilate Deo omnis terra, motet for 4 voices, M. xiv (S. iii/62)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Constitueseos, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tu es Petrus, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572