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Palestrina: 'Volume 5'

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Palestrina: 'Volume 5'

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Palestrina

'Volume 5'

Missa lam Christus astra ascenderat. Dum complerentur. Loquebantur variis linguis. Veni Creator Spiritus. lam Christus astra ascenderat. Veni Sancte Spiritus. Song of Songs--No 13, Laeva eius sub capite meo; No 14 Vox dilecti mei; No 15 Surge, propera, arnica mea. Magnificat quarti toni

The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Coro [F] COR16124 (64' * DDD * T/t)

The Sixteen's Palestrina series marches on, following a formula now firmly established in earlier instalments: a Mass, a hymn, a Magnificat and three madrigals from the 1584 publication setting the Song of Songs. The moods here are nicely contrasted: the opening Dimi complerentur must be one of the composer's most splendid motets, and the four-voice Mass lam Christus astra ascenderat is a more inward-looking but by no means subdued work. The similarity of the plainchant on which it's based with the famous Virgo prudentissima means that those who know the latter will nearly always feel on familiar ground. …

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