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Palestrina: Missa Ad coenam Agni; antiphons, motets, offertoiries / Brabant Ens.

Audio Samples

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad coenam Agni providi, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surrexit pastor bonus, motet for 8 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Regina coeli, motet for 8 voices (H vi 165)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Haec dies, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book III)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Alleluia. Tulerunt Dominum, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Terra tremuit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Angelus Domini, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book III)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Deus, Deus meus, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Lauda anima mea, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ecce, nunc benedicite, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)

Album Summary

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad coenam Agni providi, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surrexit pastor bonus, motet for 8 voices
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Regina coeli, motet for 8 voices (H vi 165)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Haec dies, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book III)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Alleluia. Tulerunt Dominum, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Terra tremuit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Angelus Domini, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book III)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Deus, Deus meus, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Lauda anima mea, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ecce, nunc benedicite, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Brabant Ensemble, better known for uncovering works by forgotten composers such as Dominique de Phinot, turns to a giant of the Renaissance - perhaps the most celebrated name of the period. Yet within Palestrina's huge output there are many hidden gems, lacking both recordings and modern performing editions, and it is from among these that the ensemble's director Stephen Rice has chosen the repertoire for this album. A Mass - Missa Ad coenam Agni, from Palestrina's first book of mass-settings - is included, plus antiphons, motets and five Eastertide Offertories. Each work is, as conductor Stephen Rice states in his typically informative booklet notes, "a finely crafted addition to the liturgy." The Brabant Ensemble brings their dependably matchless blend of musicianship, scholarship and sensitive singing to this glorious music.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
In the Regina coeli] the singers enliven the texture with their nuanced renderings of the marvellous contrapuntal connections, and the recording make the most of the double-choir effects in the final section.

The Observer, 31st March 2013
This disc might be renamed 100 Ways to Sing Alleluia, such is the celebratory nature of this collection of Eastertide offertories, antiphons and motets...The spirited Surrexit pastor bonus, its accompanying antiphon Regina caeli and the gradual Haec dies are sung with a full-voiced, beefy intensity that lifts the music away from mere polite polyphony and gives it a really exciting energy.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
This is The Brabant Ensemble's first recording of Palestrina. This is also apparently the first recording of the Ad Coenam Agni Mass. Following the mass, they include five offertories from the post-Easter liturgies and other motets appropriate to the season, including the 'Haec Dies', 'Alleluia: Tulerunt Dominum', and the double-choir 'Surrexit Pastor Bonus'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Ox (06/07/2012-06/09/2012).



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Works Details

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad coenam Agni providi, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1589

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Surrexit pastor bonus, motet for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Regina coeli, motet for 8 voices (H vi 165)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Haec dies, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book III)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Alleluia. Tulerunt Dominum, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book I)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1569

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Terra tremuit, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Angelus Domini, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book III)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1575

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Deus, Deus meus, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Lauda anima mea, offertory for 5 voices (from Complete Offertories)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1593

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ecce, nunc benedicite, motet for 4 voices (from Motets Book II for 4 voices)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1584

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ad coenam Agni providi, hymn for 5 voices (from Complete Hymns)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (06/07/2012-06/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1589