Helper and Protector: Italian Maestri in Poland | Coro COR16141

Helper and Protector: Italian Maestri in Poland

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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16141

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th April 2016

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The fourth volume in this highly acclaimed series, conducted by The Sixteenís Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, explores the music of Italian composers working in the Polish court during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa. In 1594 Sigismund III set about reorganising his music ensemble and he decided to bring in Italian musicians, singularly esteemed at that time, and, in particular, musicians associated with the music chapels of Rome. Amongst them were Luca Marenzio, Asprillo Pacelli, and Vincenzo Bertolusi; their arrival heralded a new dawn for sacred music in Poland.

The centrepiece of this album is Marenzioís exquisite Missa super Iniquos odio habui. The Kyrie and Gloria movements are known but the remaining parts of the Mass were feared lost following World War II, but were actually appropriated by the Soviets and have only been rediscovered since the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is the premiere recording of the complete Mass which is set alongside the motet Iniquos odio habui on which it is based.

Also included are Pacelliís joyous Beati estis and Bertolusiís sublime Ave verum corpus.

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