Palestrina: Masses, Lamentations of Jeremiah, Stabat Mater

Palestrina: Masses, Lamentations of Jeremiah, Stabat Mater
Composer Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina
Artist Pro Cantione Antiqua
Mark Brown conductor
Bruno Turner conductor
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 94266
EAN code 5028421942667
Release October 2011

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is one of the towering figures of Rennaissance and he ranks today as one of the great composers. His output of over 100 masses, 250 motets and several volumes of liturgical works is remarkable even by the standards of the day. Nearly all his music was composed for the Papal choir, and the fact that he remained closely within the orbit of the Vatican marks him out as a conservative musician. However, his music moved away from the mainly contrapuntal style, to one that displayed much skillful use of chordal and harmonic writing. He shunned the use of giving equal importance to words and music, preferring to set the texts in an impersonal often quite abstract idiom which nonetheless
has a beauty of melodic line and use of harmony that few could equal.

This set of 5CDs contains 6 Masses including the masterpiece Missa Papae Marcelli, the Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet, and a Stabat Mater. These CDs are a superb introduction to the music of a great composer who dominated 16th century Italian music.

Other information:
- ‘The final Agnus is especially beautiful with its added voice in the middle of the texture. Further recordings of this work are unlikely to displace the all-male, solo-voice approach advocated here. The plainchant relevant to each Mass is beautifully rendered and unobtrusive, and the recording has a full presence but is not too close.’. Gramophone October 1994 (Missa brevis etc)
- Booklet notes included.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Introitus: Ecce advenit dominator Dominus
  2. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Kyrie
  3. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Gloria
  4. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Graduale: Omnes de Saba venient
  5. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Credo
  6. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Offertorium: Reges Tharsis
  7. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Sanctus & Benedictus
  8. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Communio: Vidimus stellam
  9. Missa l’Homme Armé, 5 vv: Agnus Dei
  10. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Introitus: Gaudeamus omnes in Domino
  11. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Kyrie
  12. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Gloria
  13. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Graduale: Propter veritatem
  14. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Credo
  15. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Offertorium: Assumpta est Maria
  16. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Sanctus & Benedictus
  17. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Communio: Optimum partem
  18. Missa Assumpta est Maria: Agnus Dei

Disk 2

  1. Feria V in Coena Domini: Lectio I
  2. Feria V in Coena Domini: Lectio II
  3. Feria V in Coena Domini: Lectio III
  4. Feria VI in Parasceve: Lectio I
  5. Feria VI in Parasceve: Lectio II
  6. Feria VI in Parasceve: Lectio III
  7. Sabbato Sancto: Lectio I
  8. Sabbato Sancto: Lectio II
  9. Sabbato Sancto: Lectio III

Disk 3

  1. Missa brevis: Introitus: Puer natus est nobis
  2. Missa brevis: Kyrie
  3. Missa brevis: Gloria
  4. Missa brevis: Graduale: Viderunt omnes
  5. Missa brevis: Credo
  6. Missa brevis: Offertorium: Tui sunt coeli
  7. Missa brevis: Sanctus
  8. Missa brevis: Benedictus
  9. Missa brevis: Communio: Viderunt omnes
  10. Missa brevis: Agnus Dei
  11. Missa Lauda Sion: Introitus: Cibavit eos
  12. Missa Lauda Sion: Kyrie
  13. Missa Lauda Sion: Gloria
  14. Missa Lauda Sion: Graduale: Oculi omnium
  15. Missa Lauda Sion: Credo
  16. Missa Lauda Sion: Offertorium: Sacerdotes Domini
  17. Missa Lauda Sion: Sanctus
  18. Missa Lauda Sion: Benedictus
  19. Missa Lauda Sion: Communio: Quotiescumque manducabitis
  20. Missa Lauda Sion: Agnus Dei
  21. Super flumina Babylonis
  22. Sicut cervus

Disk 4

  1. Hymn: Aeterna Christi Munera
  2. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Introitus: Mihi autem
  3. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Kyrie
  4. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Gloria
  5. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Graduale: Constitues eos principes
  6. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Credo
  7. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Offertorium: Mihi autem
  8. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Sanctus
  9. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Benedictus
  10. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Communio: Venite post me
  11. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera: Agnus Dei
  12. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Introitus: In virtute tua
  13. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Kyrie
  14. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Gloria
  15. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Graduale: Beatus Vir
  16. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Credo
  17. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Offertorium: Gloria et honore
  18. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Sanctus
  19. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Benedictus
  20. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Communio: Qui vult venire post me
  21. Missa l’Homme Armé, 4 vv: Agnus Dei

Disk 5

  1. Missa Papae Marcelli: Introitus: Gaudeamus omnes in Domino
  2. Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie
  3. Missa Papae Marcelli: Gloria
  4. Missa Papae Marcelli: Graduale/Alleluia: Propter veritatem
  5. Missa Papae Marcelli: Credo
  6. Missa Papae Marcelli: Offertorium: Assumpta est Maria
  7. Missa Papae Marcelli: Sanctus
  8. Missa Papae Marcelli: Benedictus
  9. Missa Papae Marcelli: Agnus Dei I
  10. Missa Papae Marcelli: Agnus Dei II
  11. Missa Papae Marcelli: Communio: Optimam partem
  12. Stabat Mater