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Palestrina – Motets for the season of Christmas
(Audio CD)
The Palestrina Choir

The Washington, D.C.-based ensemble, The Palestrina Choir, under the leadership of director Michael Harrison, present a one-hour program of 13 motets with Advent and Christmas Latin texts, as set by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Motets are scored for five, six and eight voices.

Available on CD only.  Limited CD quantity available.

$17.98

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Additional Details

Format: Digital Audio CD
Label:  PRO ORGANO
Catalog Number:  CD 7114
Length: 60′ 38“
Tracks:  13
Organ: not applicable
Venue: St Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington D.C.
Recorded: 12/13/1999
Released: 05/01/2000
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: Michael Harrison
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 8pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077711428

01 • Hierusalem, cito veniet (Ego enim sum Dominus – 6 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 6’42”
02 • Deus tu conversus – 5 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 3’32”
03 • Veni, Domine (Excita, Domine) – 6 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 5’5″
04 • Canite tuba (Rorate coeli desuper) – 5 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 5’15”
05 • Cum ortus fuerit sol (Rex pacificus) – 6 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 5’41”
06 • Hodie Christus natus est – 8 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 2’28”
07 • O admirabile commercium – 5 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 3’26”
08 • Sancta et immaculata (Benedicta tu) – 6 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 5’52”
09 • O magnum mysterium (Quem vidistis pastores?) – 6 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 5’10”
10 • Stella quam viderant Magi – 5 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 3’51”
11 • Reges Tharsis – 5 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 2’42”
12 • Rex Melchior – 5 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 2’56”
13 • Surge, illuminare – 8 voices • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina • 2’27”

The Palestrina Choir, of Washington, D.C., was formed in 1986 to present rarely heard masterpieces of sixteenth-century liturgical music, with an emphasis on the works of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. To date, the choir has performed sixteen Masses, over seventy motets, and ten hymns of its namesake. It has devoted entire programs to works of Clemens non Papa, Lassus, Victoria, and Byrd, and performed Masses and motets by twenty of Palestrina’s predecessors. In recent years the Palestrina Choir has also begun to present historically-influenced works by later composers, such as Liszt’s Missa Choralis and Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae, op.109.