Felice Anerio (±1560-1614): Regina caeli laetare (a8)

Photo: Apse Mosaic Santa Maria Maggiore. Photo Credit: Carlos Quijano Jr

Photo: Apse Mosaic Santa Maria Maggiore.
Photo Credit: Carlos Quijano Jr

Anerio’s eight part setting of this Marian Antiphons is a perfect example why his contemporaries considered him to be a worthy successor to Palestrina as official Papal composer. It combines beautiful flowing polyphony combined with homophonic passages and shifts in timing. As you might expect from Palestrina’s successor the textual clarity is impeccable throughout. Enjoy :-)

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Felice Anerio (±1560-1614): Regina caeli laetare (a8)

Regina caeli laetare, alleluia:
quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia: Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia:
For he whom you were chosen to bear, alleluia: He has risen, as he said, alleluia:
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

Performers: The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers.

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