The Call of Rome. Album by The Sixteen.
Rome – the ‘Eternal’ City. Once the capital of a republic and empire which defined the Western world in ancient times and left indelible imprints thereafter both physically and spiritually. A city of unparalleled beauty, a source of learning, and a capital of the arts which has inspired countless pilgrimages. A city which motivated the composers on this album to create some of their finest works including one of the most famous pieces of choral music ever written – Allegri’s Miserere.
This album concentrates on that call to Rome which was irresistible for the Flemish composer, Josquin, and the Spaniard, Victoria. Here they sit alongside Felice Anerio and Gregorio Allegri who spent their lives in Rome in the service of the Papal chapels.
In 2020 The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage celebrates its 20th anniversary. The 2020 tour, entitled ‘The Call of Rome’ and featuring all of the music from this album, will visit 28 towns and cities across the UK including London, Oxford, Cambridge, York, Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Click here for dates and locations.
'Absolute classic Sixteen! Clear, crisp... a classy act! The showstopper is Allegri's famous Miserere... a piece of musical history unfolding... a beautiful recording... very good for the soul!' BBC Radio 3
'...the real fascination among these vibrant performances is the Miserere by Allegri, Christophers replacing today's customary version with one reflecting the improvised evolution of the work over centuries of Sistine Chapel usage with the entire piece becoming a vivid, living organism.' The Scotsman
1. De Lamentatione
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday 1-6
2. Recessit pastor noster
3. O vos omnes
4. Ecce quomodo moritur iustus
5. Astiterunt reges
6. Aestimatus sum
7. Sepulto Domino
Josquin Desprez (c.1452-1521)
8. Pater noster / Ave Maria
Felice Anerio (1560-1614)
9. Litaniae Beatissimae Virginis Mariae
10. Gaude virgo mater Christi
Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
11. Gloria from Missa In lectulo meo
12. Illibata Dei virgo
13. Miserere - its evolution
14. Regina caeli laetare a8
15. Salve Regina a8