How Fair Thou Art: Biblical Passions by Palestrina | Signum SIGCD450

How Fair Thou Art: Biblical Passions by Palestrina

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD450

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th March 2016

Contents

Works

Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da

Alma Redemptoris Mater
Ave Regina caelorum
Canticum Canticorum (The Song of Songs)
» no.1 Osculetur me osculo oris sui
» no.2 Trahe me post te
» no.3 Nigra sum sed formosa
» no.6 Pulchrae sunt genae tuae
» no.8 Ecce, tu pulcher es, dilecte mi
» no.9 Tota pulchraes anima mea
» no.11 Sicut lilium inter spinas
» no.15 Surge, propera, amica mea
» no.24 Descendi in hortum meum
» no.25 Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui
» no.29 Veni, veni delicte mi
Regina caeli
Salve Regina
Sicut lilium inter spinas

Artists

The King’s Singers

Works

Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da

Alma Redemptoris Mater
Ave Regina caelorum
Canticum Canticorum (The Song of Songs)
» no.1 Osculetur me osculo oris sui
» no.2 Trahe me post te
» no.3 Nigra sum sed formosa
» no.6 Pulchrae sunt genae tuae
» no.8 Ecce, tu pulcher es, dilecte mi
» no.9 Tota pulchraes anima mea
» no.11 Sicut lilium inter spinas
» no.15 Surge, propera, amica mea
» no.24 Descendi in hortum meum
» no.25 Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui
» no.29 Veni, veni delicte mi
Regina caeli
Salve Regina
Sicut lilium inter spinas

Artists

The King’s Singers

About

The King’s Singers return with a new early-music recording that features 12 of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s beautiful polyphonic choral settings of the ‘Canticum Canticorum’ – better known as ‘The Song of Songs’ or Canticles, a collection of poetry in the Hebrew Bible on the theme of the joy and ecstasy of human love. These settings are framed by four of Palestrina’s Marian motets, works in honour of the Virgin Mary which he composed throughout his life.

This recording is the first to feature performances from the group’s new tenor, Julian Gregory.

Tracks:
1. Alma redemptoris mater
2. Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui
3. Pulchrae sunt genae tuae
4. Tota pulchra es anima mea
5. Nigra sum, sed formosa
6. Regina Caeli
7. Trahe me, post te
8. Veni, veni delicte mi
9. Surge, propera amica mea
10. Descendi in hortum meum
11. Ave regina caelorum
12. Sicut lilium inter spinas
13. Osculetur me
14. Ecce tu pulcher es
15. Sicut lilium inter spinas
16. Salve Regina

Reviews

That erotic celebration of human love, the Song of Songs, seems a strange subject to set to music for a pope, but all Italy knew that Gregory XIII was more than a little worldly; after all, his son, Giacomo, was a prominent cardinal. Palestrina’s intense, lascivious pieces would surely have appealed to their dedicatee, with their praise of rounded navels, sweet breasts and the comely daughters of Jerusalem. The King’s Singers maintain an admirably cool approach to these 16th-century sizzlers, and bookend them with four of the composer’s more sober Marian motets, but their trademark sound is marred by some disappointing vibrato creeping into the countertenor lines.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 6 March 2016

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