Sunday Playlist: ‪De lalande: De profundis

For this Sunday’s playlist I’ve picked a beautifully sung performance of De lalande’s setting of Psalm 129 ‘De profundis’ by the choirs of the Domchor and Jugendkathedralchor of Fulda Cathedral. Michel-Richard de Lalande was born in Paris, on Dec 15th 1657 and died at Versailles, June18th 1726. Composers back then were expected to be multitalented…

Pergolesi – Salve regina in A minor

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s musical career spanned only six years, during which he produced music of incomparable beauty. At the time of his death aged 26 in 1736 his music was relatively unknown outside of Italy. However in 1752 an Italian opera buffa troupe gave a performance of his intermezzo « La serva padrona » in…

Sunday Playlist Byrd: Mass For Four Voices

Despite the favour of Queen Elizabeth I and the legal, social, and economic pressures upon recusants Byrd remained a Catholic for all his life. His three Masses (for three, four, and five voices) were probably composed between 1592 and 1595 and to my mind represent some of the most beautiful choral music ever written. Publishing…