Helper and Protector: Italian Maestri in Poland
The fourth volume in this highly acclaimed series, conducted by The Sixteen’s Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, explores the music of Italian composers working in the Polish court during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa. In 1594 Sigismund III set about reorganising his music ensemble and he decided to bring in Italian musicians, singularly esteemed at that time, and, in particular, musicians associated with the music chapels of Rome. Amongst them were Luca Marenzio, Asprillo Pacelli, and Vincenzo Bertolusi; their arrival heralded a new dawn for sacred music in Poland.
The centrepiece of this album is Marenzio’s exquisite Missa super Iniquos odio habui. The Kyrie and Gloria movements are known but the remaining parts of the Mass were feared lost following World War II, but were appropriated by the Soviets and have only been rediscovered since the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is the premiere recording of the complete Mass which is set alongside the motet Iniquos odio habui on which is is based. The full score of this mass has been published by Liber Pro Arte, to see or buy a copy, click here.
Also included are Pacelli’s joyous Beati estis and Bertolusi’s sublime Ave verum corpus.
Asprilio Pacelli (1569/70-1623)
1. Gaudent in caelis
Vincenzo Bertolusi (c.1550-1608)
2. Timor Domini
3. Beati estis
Luca Marenzio (1553/4-1599)
4. Iniquos odio habui
5. Kyrie from Missa super Iniquos odio habui
6. Gloria from Missa super Iniquos odio habui
7. Sancta Maria, succurre miseris
8. Credo from Missa super Iniquos odio habui
9. Peccantem me quotidie
10. Sanctus from Missa super Iniquos odio habui
11. Benedictus from Missa super Iniquos odio habui
12. Agnus Dei from Missa super Iniquos odio habui
13. Media nocte
14. Iubilate Deo omnis terra
15. Ave verum corpus
16. Christus resurgens
Total running time: 67.32