Music from the Sistine Chapel. Album by The Sixteen
This disc offers a fascinating collection of works written for the Papal Chapel. Researched and sung by one of the world's leading choirs, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, this recording includes many world premiere recordings of these rarely heard sacred works.
Felice Anerio displays a fluid mastery of the Roman style of composition, and some of his surviving settings are shown to advantage here, in particular his glorious twelve-part setting of Stabat Mater, more ambitious and possibly more beautiful than those by Palestrina and Lassus. Gregorio Allegri is famous for his Miserere (available on CORO as COR16014); this recording contains representative examples of his polyphonic style. Together with settings by the towering figure of Palestrina, all receive warm and vital performances.
Felice Anerio (1560-1614)
1. Ave Regina caelorum a8
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
2. Ascendit Deus a5
3. Ave Maria a5
4. Angelus Domini descendit de caelo a5
5. Regina caeli laetare a8
6. Stabat Mater a12
Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
7. Christus resurgens ex mortuis
Luca Marenzio (1553?-1599)
8. Che fa oggi il mio sole
Missa 'Che fa oggi il mio sole'
14. Agnus Dei
15. Magnificat secundi toni a8
16. Assumpta est Maria a6
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 1hr 8mins