The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven (CD) | Coro COR16118

The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven (CD)


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16118

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th April 2013



The Sixteen


Harry Christophers


Allegri, Gregorio

Miserere mei, Deus

MacMillan, James

The Strathclyde Motets
» Dominus dabit benignitatem
» O Radiant Dawn
» Videns Dominus

Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da

Improperium exspectavit cor meum
Missa Regina caeli
» Agnus Dei I-III
» Kyrie
Pulchrae sunt genae tuae
Regina caeli
Stabat Mater
Vineam meam non custodivi


The Sixteen


Harry Christophers


Now, in its 13th year, The Choral Pilgrimage stands as testament to Harry Christophers’ ongoing mission to bring a wide variety of sacred music back to the kind of buildings for which it was written. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support from audiences, the project continues to thrive and some 20,000 people are expected to attend concerts on this year’s tour.

The 2013 tour begins in Guildford Cathedral, and will take in a total of 34 concerts around the UK and Ireland before a concluding concert in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.

Allegri’s Miserere is the single most famous piece of sacred music ever written. Although it is instantly recognisable with its haunting tones, mythology surrounds it and this year’s Choral Pilgrimage allows Harry Christophers to explore its evolution and enduring appeal.

James MacMillan dedicated his powerful and emotional setting of the Miserere to Harry Christohers and The Sixteen who premiered the work in 2010 and recorded it shortly afterwards. Alongside Allegri, MacMillan is one of the few composer to ever set the full Miserere to music. His exquisite version is one of the highlights of this year’s programme.

Arguably the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is often billed as ‘The Prince of Music’ and by some ‘The Saviour of Church Music’. Palestrina was a towering figure in Renaissance polyphony and shines out amongst the many great composers of the time, for his immaculate craftsmanship and sheer output of works. The Sixteen have recorded three volumes of Palestrina’s works on their own label Coro, the latest of which includes repertoire from the 2013 tour and is included in this special collection.

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