Bartłomiej Pękiel II

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Bartłomiej Pękiel II


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2nd June 2017




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Bartłomiej Pękiel II

Vocal & Chamber Ensemble Works


Missa a 14 (Kyrie & Gloria)

Tres Canones simul cantantur: Canon a 6

Missa senza Le Cerimonie I

Canon a 6 - Aliud Sex Vocibus

Missa Pachalis

Missa senza Le Cerimonie II


Missa Concertata 'La Lombardesca'

Andrzej Kosendiak



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This new release is the second album containing the works of Bartlomiej Pekiel, a composer who served the court of Vasa. This release is devoted to mass- a musical form that has been present in European music since the Middle Ages. Mass cycles presented on this album are diverse in style, which shows how much variety the 17th-century composer approached this form, even within their own body of work. The album includes examples of two ‘utility’ masses, formally very simple, based on a dialogue between two groups of singers. When listening to music from different eras, it is not uncommon to feel that there is a very fine line between beauty in simplicity and banality or kitsch. Despite the schematic and simple form of those compositions, we can easily find fragments that show the true mastery of their composer. At the opposite extreme is the elaborate mass cycle referring to the two main stylistic tendencies of 17th century music: the first is known as the prima practica and derives from the old Palestrinian polyphony, while the second is the concert style, seen as very modern at the time, represented on the album by Missa 14 and Missa Concertata ‘La Lombardesca.’ All of the works brought together on a single release present Pekiel both as a creator versed in different compositional techniques and as the head of the ensemble, whose responsibilities included also writing strictly utilitarian pieces. The album is organized in such a way that the masses are separated by instrumental compositions- Fugue and canons which, included in the score appended to the treatise, were probably not meant for performance. Out of mere curiosity they were placed on this recording, and they have proven to provide a respite between mass cycles.

Bartłomiej Pękiel: Missa a 14

Missa a 14: Kyrie

Missa a 14: Gloria

Bartłomiej Pękiel: Canon a 6

Canon a 6: I. Tres canones simul cantantur

Bartłomiej Pękiel: Missa senza cerimonie I

Missa senza cerimonie I: Kyrie

Missa senza cerimonie I: Gloria

Missa senza cerimonie I: Credo

Missa senza cerimonie I: Sanctus

Missa senza cerimonie I: Agnus Dei

Canon a 6

Canon a 6: II. Aliud. Sex vocibus I

Bartłomiej Pękiel: Missa paschalis

Missa paschalis: Kyrie

Missa paschalis: Gloria

Missa paschalis: Credo

Missa paschalis: Sanctus

Missa paschalis: Agnus Dei

Canon a 6

Canon a 6: III. Aliud. Sex vocibus II

Bartłomiej Pękiel: Missa senza le cerimonie II

Missa senza le cerimonie II: Kyrie

Missa senza le cerimonie II: Gloria

Missa senza le cerimonie II: Credo

Missa senza le cerimonie II: Sanctus

Missa senza le cerimonie II: Agnus Dei

Bartłomiej Pękiel: Fugue


Bartłomiej Pękiel: Missa la lombardesca

Missa la lombardesca: Kyrie

Missa la lombardesca: Gloria

Missa la lombardesca: Credo

Missa la lombardesca: Sanctus

Missa la lombardesca: Agnus Dei

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