Palestrina & the Sixteen, Part 5

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Program: #14-34   Air Date: Aug 18, 2014

Harry Christophers and his ensemble is back with their latest dedicated to the Palestrina, including the mass Iam Christus astra ascenderat ("Now Christ is Ascending”).

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the recent release Palestrina, Volume 5 from the ensemble The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers. The recording is on the Coro label and is CD COR16124. For more information:


Palestrina: Volume 5

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen continue their exploration of Palestrina's great work with the fifth disc in their celebrated series. This album features a selection of Palestrina’s music for Pentecost including his Missa Iam Christus astra ascenderat. Alongside the Mass are motets from the Song of Songs. The Song of Songs are among some of Palestrina’s most sublime and expressive works and, as with previous disc in the series, this album includes three of them. Dedicated to Pope Gregory XIII, Palestrina’s style of writing for these sensual texts demonstrates what variety and intensity of feeling can be conveyed with the simplest of means.

 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

1. Dum complerentur
2. Loquebantur variis linguis
3. Veni Creator Spiritus
4. Plainchant Hymn: Iam Christus astra ascenderat

5. Kyrie
6. Gloria
7. Credo
8. Sanctus
9. Benedictus
10. Agnus Dei

11. Veni sancte Spiritus

SONG OF SONGS: NOS. 13, 14 & 15
12. Laeva eius sub capite meo
13. Vox dilecti mei
14. Surge, propera, amica mea

15. Magnificat quarti toni

16. Confirma hoc Deus (BONUS TRACK)

Composer Info

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

CD Info

CD COR16124