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Program: #06-51, Air Date: 12/11/06

In 1950, the stunning discovery of a group of masses by Palestrina based on plainchant gave us a unique insight into the relationship between composers and court chapels. Happily, medieval musical great Dominique Vellard turned to this repertoire with ensembles from the Schola Cantorum in Basel--we'll hear the complete mass as well as some motets from that project.

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In 1950, the stunning discovery of a group of masses by Palestrina based on plainchant gave us a unique insight into the relationship between composers and court chapels. Happily, medieval musical great Dominique Vellard turned to this repertoire with ensembles from the Schola Cantorum in Basel--we'll hear the complete mass as well as some motets from that project. As Horst Leuchtmann wrote in the notes:
"A spectacular coup for Palestrina scholarship was the 1950 discovery in Milan of previously-unknown five-voice masses, disposed alternatim [alternating plainchant and polyphony], and judging by the presence of certain Gregorian melodic formulas, evidently conceived by Palestrina for the chapel of Duke Gugliemo of Mantua in Santa Barbara. It is well known that Palestrina cultivated ties with Mantua and with Gugliemo (who died in 1587). The Missa in duplicibus recorded here (the title refers to the work's place in the hierarchy of Catholic feast days) belongs to this Mantuan repertory discovered in Milan."

The recording features the ensemble Maitrise de Garcons de Colmar, the Ensemble Cantus Figuratus of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the Ensemble Gilles Binchois, and all directed by Dominique Vellard. It is on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/BMG label, and is CD #05472 77317-2.

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI da PALESTRINA (1525-1594):

--Ave Regina Caelorum ("Hail, Queen of heaven").

--Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah ("The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases"/"How the gold has grown dim"/
"Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us").

--Gloriosi principes terrae ("Earth's glorious princes").

--Missa in duplicibus minoribus II

Composer Info

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI da PALESTRINA (1525-1594)

CD Info

CD #05472 77317-2