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Palestrina: Music for a Holy Saturday / Musica Contexta

Album Summary

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Lectio III, Feria V in Cona Domini. Iod - Manum suam misit hostis
>Chant, Gregorian : Sicut ovis, responsory
>Chant, Gregorian : Jerusalem surge, responsory
>Chant, Gregorian : Plange quasi virgo, responsory
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Chant, Gregorian : Mulieres
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Benedictus Dominus, motet for 5 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Sicut cervus
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"...these are exceptionally fine performances. Ravens convincingly captures the sometimes elusive sense of flow and inflection so essential to this style of music. Without seeming hurried, the phrases move decisively, with exquisite poise and understated eloquence." - Gatens, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This outstanding recording of music for Holy Saturday opens with two lessons from the third of Palestrina's four settings of texts from Lamentations, passages chanted during the Office of Tenebrae on the last three days of Holy Week.

The third lesson is Palestrina's superb setting of the Prayer of Jeremiah.

The performance is objectively straightforward, allowing the music, in its utter poignancy expressed with marked restraint, to speak for itself. The clarity of the individual voices is remarkable and the acoustic clear, yet warm: even the six-part final cry, 'Jerusalem... convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum', comes across with perfect intelligibility. In the chanted liturgy each lesson is followed by a florid reponsory, and full marks should go to Musica Contexta for transcribing these chants from Giovanni Guidetti's edition of 1587, which naturally comes from the right place and is of the right date.

Though the responsories might have been better in a slower, more determinedly solemn style, these singers are well on the way to achieving perfection here. It's particularly interesting to hear them sing Palestrina's wonderful Sicut cervus, with its surging phrases, and also his famous Stabatmater for double choir, displaying that dramatic alternation between antiphonal choir and combined choral sections. For maximum effect, more antiphonal distinction might have helped in the choir - versus - choir sections; but overall this is a well-thought-out and moving performance.



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>Palestrina, Giovanni : Lectio III, Feria V in Cona Domini. Iod - Manum suam misit hostis :: Heth. Misericordiae Domini
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1588

>Chant, Gregorian : Sicut ovis, responsory
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Lectio III, Feria V in Cona Domini. Iod - Manum suam misit hostis :: Quomodo obscuratum est aurum, mutatus est color
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1588

>Chant, Gregorian : Jerusalem surge, responsory
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Lectio III, Feria V in Cona Domini. Iod - Manum suam misit hostis :: Recordare Domine quid acciderit nobis
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1588

>Chant, Gregorian : Plange quasi virgo, responsory
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Mulieres
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Benedictus Dominus, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Mulieres
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Sicut cervus
  • Conductor: Simon Ravens
  • Notes: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (04/18/2001-04/20/2001)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1584