Palestrina Volume 6

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Palestrina Volume 6



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1st June 2015




71 minutes


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Palestrina Volume 6


Missa L'Homme Armé 5vv

Surge amica mea, speciosa mea (from Canticum canticorum)

Dilectus meus mihi

Peccantem me quotidie

Surgam et circuibo civitatem

Parce mihi, Domine

Si ambulavero in medio tribulationis

Tribulationes civitatum

Super flumina Babylonis

Tribularer si nescirem


SONG OF SONGS: nos. 16, 17 & 18



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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 impacted 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, Tribulationes civitatem, 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 complete survey complete the CD.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Motettorum - Liber Quintus: VI. Parce mihi, Domine

Motettorum - Liber Quintus: VI. Parce mihi, Domine

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Motettorum - Liber Secundus: No. 16 Peccantem me quotidie

Motettorum - Liber Secundus: No. 16 Peccantem me quotidie

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Offertoria: No. 49 Si ambulavero in medio tribulationis

Offertoria: No. 49 Si ambulavero in medio tribulationis

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Tribulationes civitatum audivimus

Tribulationes civitatum audivimus

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Super flumina Babylonis

Super flumina Babylonis

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Song of Songs

No. 16 Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea

No. 17. Dilectus meus mihi

No. 18 Surgam et circuibo civitatem

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: De profundis clamavi

De profundis clamavi

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa L’Homme Armé

I. Kyrie

II. Gloria

III. Credo

IV. Sanctus

V. Benedictus

VI. Agnus Dei I & II

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Tribularer si nescirem

Tribularer si nescirem

BBC Music Magazine

October 2015


“Christophers artfully moulds and heightens the contours of the polyphonic lines, which ebb and flow in a liquid tapesty of sound...The Sixteen's rich, buttery sound is particularly effective for the sensual Song of Songs settings, which brim with Counter-Reformation fervour.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2015

“This sort of mood suits The Sixteen's brightly focused choral sound, and Harry Christophers's direction is unobtrusive but telling: the terraced approach to the final 'Kyrie' is a case in point, and the flowering into six voices in the concluding 'Agnus Dei' is particularly lovely.”

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