Friday, 2 June 2017

Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli / Missa Brevis (rec. 1988)


Founded in England in 1980, Hyperion Records have been keen on early music and Renaissance music right from the start, and have since become an institution in the world of classical recordings.  Also, an absolute ton of their early CDs seem to turn up in charity shops near me, meaning that these great recordings can be had for a couple of quid.  Or, in this case, £1.50.

Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina (ca. 1525-1594) was one of the most celebrated and influential composers of the Roman School of Rennaissance polyphony, and sounds pretty damn heavenly on two of his most famous masses represented here.  The text is crystal clear (one of the church's bones of contention at the time; Palestrina was adept at keeping in line whilst still producing music more sophisticated than most of his contemporaries) and the Westminster choir sound pretty damn angelic.  One for anyone who enjoyed the Hilliard disc I posted a little while ago, or indeed for anyone wanting to luxuriate in some of the most beautiful sounds on earth.

mega / zippy

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