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Renaissance Choral Masterworks


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The Renaissance era encompasses some of the most magnificent choral music ever written, at a time when composers were attached to royal chapels and cathedrals, and dedicated their art to the service of God, to creating musical masterworks that would complement and reflect the glory of the architecture which contained them. This album contains some of the most enduring masterpieces from that time. It opens with the haunting strains of the Miserere which Allegri wrote for the Lenten liturgies of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome: the austere, haunting harmonies quickly became so renowned that the basilica moved to protect the work’s uniqueness by withholding the score and allowing performances only by its own choir. There follows the Renaissance blockbuster Spem in alium, which Thomas Tallis created in 40 separate parts, to rival the grand but more static conception of an Italian contemporary. The courts of Spain and the Netherlands are also represented, with the lamenting O vos omnes by Victoria and Absalon fili mii by Josquin. The performances are compiled from albums by some of the world’s most renowned choirs for this repertoire, mostly based in the English centre of choral excellence, the chapels of Cambridge. However, the music is largely Italian in origin, as one might expect: the melancholy strains of Palestrina’s Stabat mater and Lotti’s magical, eight-part Crucifixus are answered by more joyful and exuberant pieces by Monteverdi and Gabrieli, conceived for the Basilica of St Mark’s in Venice.
Facts
Item number BRI95662
Barcode 5028421956626
Release date 3/23/2018
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
Miserere00:11:10
1 Il salmo Miserere mei Deus 00:12:37 The Choir of Clare College Cambridge Brown, Timothy
Spem in alium00:11:00
2 Spem in alium 00:09:55 Chapelle du Roi Dixon, Alistair
Stabat mater00:00:00
3 Stabat mater a 8 00:11:14 The Choir of Clare College Cambridge Brown, Timothy
Salve Regina00:06:25
4 Antiphon: Salve Regina 00:06:20 King's College Choir, Cambridge Cleobury, Stephen
Magnificat Octavi Toni00:12:03
5 Magnificat octavi toni 00:12:03 King's College Choir, Cambridge Cleobury, Stephen
Crucifixus (Live)00:03:16
6 Crucifixus 00:03:20 Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge Robinson, Christopher
Ave verum corpus00:04:00
7 Ave verum corpus 00:04:12 Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge Robinson, Christopher
Absalon fili mi00:04:14
8 Absalon, fili mi 00:03:48 The Choir of Clare College Cambridge Brown, Timothy
O vos omnes00:03:50
9 O vos omnes 00:02:49 The Choir of Clare College Cambridge Brown, Timothy
O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam00:03:56
10 O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam 00:02:22 The Choir of Clare College Cambridge Brown, Timothy
Vespro della Beata Vergine, SV 20601:31:09
11 Psalm 112, "Laudate pueri dominum" 00:05:10 Ensemble San Felice Bardazzi, Federico
12 Hymn: Ave maris stella 00:05:26 Ensemble San Felice Bardazzi, Federico
Ahi, senza te, pretiosa Margherita00:03:00
13 Ahi, senza te, pretiosa Margherita 00:03:23 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Ninfe leggiadre e belle00:02:00
14 Ninfe leggiadre e belle 00:01:47 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Dolce nemica mia00:03:00
15 Dolce nemica mia 00:03:14 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
O bene mio fam'uno favore00:02:00
16 O bene mio fam'uno favore 00:01:49 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Alma cortes 'e bella, C. 8500:03:24
17 Alma cortes 'e bella 00:02:50 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Madrigals, Book 1 (Il primo libro de madrigali)00:30:00
18 Madrigals, Book 1 (Il primo libro de madrigali): C 00:03:09 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Deh, dolce anima00:02:00
19 Deh, dolce anima 00:02:13 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Madrigals, Book 1 (Madrigali, libro primo)00:02:00
20 Madrigals, Book 1 (Madrigali, libro primo): T'amo 00:01:59 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Mass00:00:00
21 Mass: Kyrie eleison 00:03:15 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Fuggi pur se sai (arr. for choir)00:04:00
22 Fuggi pur se sai (arr. for choir) 00:04:01 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
In nobil sangue / Amor s'e in lei00:05:00
23 In nobil sangue (prima parte) / Amor s'e in lei (s 00:04:45 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Battaglia00:02:00
24 Battaglia: Alla battaglia 00:02:00 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Amor dove mi guidi00:06:00
25 Amor dove mi guidi 00:05:50 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Ah le guancie di rose00:03:00
26 Ah le guancie di rose 00:03:26 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Gloria a 1600:05:09
27 Gloria a 16 00:03:54 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Sanctus00:02:00
28 Sanctus 00:02:26 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Benedicam Dominum00:03:00
29 Benedicam Dominum: Credo 00:03:02 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Hodie Christus natus est00:03:00
30 Hodie Christus natus est 00:02:32 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Agnus Dei00:02:00
31 Agnus Dei 00:02:09 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 100:18:00
32 Sacrae symphoniae (1597): Omnes gentes plaudite ma 00:03:27 Matt, Nicol Europe Chamber Choir
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