Program: #13-15, Air Date: 04/08/13The Brabant Ensemble is back, this time with the famous Palestrina, but keeping with their mission to give us unrecorded or rarely-recorded material, this new disc features the Missa Ad coenam Agni providi.
NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the recent release of Palestrina from The Brabant Ensemble directed by Stephen Rice. The recording is on the Hyperion label and is number CDA67978.
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The Brabant Ensemble, better known for uncovering works by forgotten composers such as Dominique de Phinot, turns to a giant of the Renaissance—perhaps the most celebrated name of the period. Yet within Palestrina’s huge output there are many hidden gems, lacking both recordings and modern performing editions, and it is from among these that the ensemble’s director Stephen Rice has chosen the repertoire for this album. A Mass—Missa Ad coenam Agni, from Palestrina’s first book of Mass-settings—is included, plus antiphons, motets and five Eastertide Offertories. Each work is, as Stephen Rice states in his typically informative booklet notes, ‘a finely crafted addition to the liturgy’. From The Observer:
'Eastertide offertories, antiphons and motets from the master of Renaissance counterpoint. The spirited Surrexit pastor bonus, its accompanying antiphon Regina caeli and the gradual Haec dies are sung with a full-voiced, beefy intensity that lifts the music away from mere polite polyphony and gives it a really exciting energy'.
GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA
Missa Ad coenam Agni 5vv
4Sanctus and Benedictus
5Agnus Dei 6vv
6Surrexit pastor bonus 8vv
7Regina caeli I 8vv
8Haec dies 6vv
9Alleluia. Tulerunt Dominum5vv
Five Eastertide Offertories
bl Terra tremuit 5vv
bm Angelus Domini II 5vv
bn Deus, Deus meus 5vv
bo Lauda anima mea 5vvbp Benedicite gentes 5vv
bq Ad coenam Agni providi 4/5vv
THE BRABANT ENSEMBLE
STEPHEN RICE conductor
GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (1525/6–1594)