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Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli

Magazine article Gramophone

Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli

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Missa Papae Marcelli. Ad te levavi oculos meos. Ave Maria. Benedixisti Domine. Confirma hoc Deus. Confitemi Domino. Jubilate Deo. O bone Jesu. Tu es pastor ovium. Veritas mea et misericordia mea

Sistine Chapel Choir / Massimo Palombella DG (F) 479 6131 (64' * DDD)


The exciting partnership between the Sistine Chapel Choir and Deutsche Grammophon continues to deliver atmospheric and thought-provoking performances of Palestrina's polyphony. It is perhaps inevitable that this world-famous choir, newly energised under the direction of Massimo Palombella, would record the famous Miss a Pupae Marcelli early in their discography, since it 'saved' sacred polyphony by presenting the texts clearly and intelligibly.

Previously, on last year's album 'Cantate Domino', I found the Sistine Chapel Choir reminiscent of Westminster Cathedral Choir under George Malcolm. This new recording is different, partly due to the broader style of the Mass, and partly due to a cleaner, less mannered performance from the choir. The clarity previously employed only in Lassus's Magnificat is found throughout Missa Papae Marcelli with delightful results. …

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