Palestrina Volume 6
The Sixteen continues its acclaimed series of discs exploring the work of Italian Renaissance master, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. An enormous body of sacred works, including over 100 Masses, rightly earned Palestrina the title of ‘the prince and father of music’ and ‘the saviour of church music’. His legacy has had an impact on sacred music worldwide for over 400 years and composers throughout the centuries have studied and learned from his gift of writing exquisite polyphony.
Central to this sixth disc is Palestrina’s unjustly neglected 5-voice L’Homme armé Mass. Written before 1570, it is no mere technical showpiece, but contains music of the highest quality. It is accompanied on this disc by a group of penitential and devotional motets and Offertories on well known texts such as Parce mihi Domine, Si ambulavero in medio tribulationis, De profundis, and Super flumina Babylonis, eliciting from Palestrina his best and most moving music. Three further Song of Songs motets in The Sixteen’s ongoing survey complete the CD.
'Christophers artfully moulds and heightens the contours of the polyphonic lines, which ebb and flow in a liquid tapestry of sound...[The Sixteen] are ardent and energetic in Surge amica mae, radiant in Surgam et circuibo civitatem, painting and animating the words to vibrant effect.'
***** Performance ***** Recording
BBC Music Magazine Choral & Song Choice October 2015
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
1. Parce mihi, Domine
2. Peccantem me quotidie
3. Si ambulavero in medio tribulationis
4. Tribulationis civitatam audivimis
5. Super flumina Babylonis
Song of Songs Nos. 16-18
6. Surge amica mea
7. Dilectus meus mihi
8. Surgam et circuibo civitatem
9. De profundis clamavi
Missa L'Homme armé
15. Agnus Dei I & II
16. Tribularer si nescirem
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 1hr 12mins