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Palestrina: Missa Tu Es Petrus; Missa Te Deum Laudamus

Audio Samples

>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Te Deum, hymn for 4 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Tu es Petrus, for 6 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tu es Petrus, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)

Album Summary

>Victoria, Tomas L. de : Te Deum, hymn for 4 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Tu es Petrus, for 6 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tu es Petrus, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The celebrated Choir of Westminster Cathedral gets back to its roots with this recording of some of the towering masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony. Palestrina's Missa Te Deum laudamus is a paraphrase Mass. Like the chant on which it is based, is in the Phrygian mode, which in modern terms can be regarded as a modal form of E minor. Haberl, a late nineteenth-century editor of the complete works of Palestrina, commented that, "this gives the Mass a certain severity of coloring, but [it is] full of holy fire." The Missa Tu es Petrus is a parody Mass based closely on Palestrina's own motet for the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (published in Rome in his second book of motets in 1572), from which a great deal of the musical material of the Mass is drawn. The motet, which precedes the Mass on this disc, is one of the most gloriously sunlit and uplifting pieces in all of Palestrina's music, and its joyous splendor sets the tone for the Mass.

'Westminster Cathedral Choir has had Palestrina coursing through its veins for generations and if anybody can make it sound real and vital for the passive listener, it can; and it does, with supreme success here ... A truly absorbing experience, given the complete ease and naturalness with which this outstanding London choir performs this elevated music. It is, indeed, a rare listening pleasure' (International Record Review)

'Works by two 16th-century masters of sacred music are here given sublime performances' (The Daily Telegraph)

BBC Music Magazine
The technical challenges are met with ease, as in the gear-change from duple to triple time at 'Qui ex Patre', and the 'jubilant' aspects of this celebratory work are enhanced by the high transposition

Gramophone Magazine
The passionate articulation of texts and richness of sonority is allied with immaculate tuning and ideal shaping of long arching lines...The 20 boy choristers possess seemingly faultless techniques and exquisite harmonies ring with clarity and precision...This is manna from heaven.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (03/02/2009-03/10/2009).



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Works Details

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : Te Deum, hymn for 4 voices
  • Performer: Nicholas Keay (Cantor)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (03/02/2009-03/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Tu es Petrus, for 6 voices
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (03/02/2009-03/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 52 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tu es Petrus, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (03/02/2009-03/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Missa Tu es Petrus, for 6 voices
  • Notes: Westminster Cathedral, London, England (03/02/2009-03/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 52 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572