The Queen of Heaven. Album by The Sixteen
Album DescriptionThis CD features all the music from The Choral Pilgrimage 2013 tour including the new version of Allegri’s Miserere.
Allegri’s Miserere is the single most famous piece of sacred music ever written. Although it is instantly recognisable with its haunting tones, mythology surrounds it. This year’s Choral Pilgrimage allows Harry Christophers to explore its evolution and enduring appeal. This new version of the Allegri Miserere entitled ‘Its Evolution’ as performed on the Pilgrimage has been recorded and appears on this disc. (For more information about the edition used, please visit Ancient Groove Music)
James MacMillan dedicated his powerful and emotional setting of the Miserere to Harry Christophers and The Sixteen who premiered the work in 2010 and recorded it shortly afterwards. Alongside Allegri, MacMillan is one of the few composer to ever set the full Miserere to music. His exquisite version is one of the highlights of this year’s programme.
Arguably the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is often billed as ‘The Prince of Music’ and by some ‘The Saviour of Church Music’. The 2013 tour includes some of his wonderful music for Easter including the Stabat Mater a 8 and excerpts from the Missa Regina caeli.
Reviews'Christophers has planned and prepared [the programme] with his usual care and attention; it was all immaculately performmed by the group's 18 members, their diction crystal-clear, their intonation faultless.' The Guardian (On the Winchester concert)
'There was much to admire about The Sixteen's elegantly nuanced performances of Palestrina's Stabat Mater and the glorious Easter motet, Regina caeli laetare. But it was the MacMillan selection that overwhelmed.' The Times (On the St. Albans concert)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
1. Kyrie (from Missa Regina caeli)
2. Improperium exspectavit cor meum
3. Angus Dei I-III (from Missa Regina caeli)
Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
4. Miserere - Its Evolution
James MacMillan (b.1959)
5. Dominus dabit benignitatem (from The Strathclyde Motets)
6. O radiant dawn (from The Strathclyde Motets)
7. Videns Dominus (from The Strathclyde Motets)
8. Stabat Mater a8
9. Vineam meam non custodivi (from Song of Songs)
10. Regina caeli laetare a8
11. Pulchrae sung genae tuae (from Song of Songs)
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 72.04