Palestrina - Missa Dum complerentur and other music for Whitsuntide | Hyperion - Helios CDH55449

Palestrina - Missa Dum complerentur and other music for Whitsuntide


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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55449

Barcode: 0034571154497

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th November 2013



The music of the sixteenth-century composer Palestrina is still today at the heart of many of the Roman Catholic services sung all around the world. The congregation at Westminster Cathedral is particularly fortunate to hear on a regular basis this inspirational music, sung by one of the finest choirs in the world, and this album focuses on music for Whitsuntide (Whit Sunday commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament).

This is glorious music and for it Martin Baker has drawn the best from his glorious choir.

Purposeful performances by a choir for whom this music is a staple diet, and whose slightly edgy, “continental” treble sound is ideally suited to it’- The Daily Telegraph

Here [Martin Baker] reinforces his reputation and that of the choir in energetic accounts of music by Palestrina celebrating Pentecost’ - The Guardian

The renowned choir are on top form as they respond to Palestrina’s majesty … highly recommended’ - Gramophone

This is a thoughtful, carefully analysed performance—Baker and the Westminster choir communicate a clear sense of the structural logic … the singers are excellent … virtually flawless … shut your eyes and you can almost smell the incense. Very warmly recommended’ - BBC Music Magazine

Palestrina’s mellifluous counterpoint resonates like whipped cream in the cathedral acoustics, yet the clarity and sensitivity of texture is exemplary … delicious’ - The Scotsman

These performances are as near peerless as is possible in an imperfect world. An essential addition to any Palestrina collection. Magnificent music, magnificently recorded’ - Goldberg

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