Magazine article Gramophone

'Helper and Protector'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Helper and Protector'

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'Helper and Protector' 'Italian Maestri in Poland' Bertolusi Ave verum corpus. Sancta Maria, mater Dei. Peccantem me quotidie. Timor Domini Marenzio Iniquos odio habui. Iubilate Deo omnis terra. Missa super Iniquos odio habui Pacelli Beata estis. Christus resurgens. Gaudent in caelis. Media nocte The Sixteen / Eamonn Duggan Coro (F) COR16141 (68' * DDD * T/t)

By the fourth volume of a series delving into the forgotten repertoire of 16th-century Poland, you might expect The Sixteen and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan to be scraping the bottom of the musical barrel. Instead, they're just getting to the good stuff.

Anyone who has been following the series will recognise some names here. Asprilio Pacelli and Vincenzo Bertolusi--both Italian composers lured from Italy to work at the court of Poland's Sigismund III in Krakow--return in a selection of motets, joined by fellow expat Luca Marenzio, whose Missa super Iniquos is the big draw here.

Until recently, this attractive Mass setting, with its two echoing choirs, existed only in part. The Kyrie and Gloria were known and recorded (most recently by Caritas and James Grossmith in 2000), while the rest of the work was lost. …

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