That so much music by a leading master of the Renaissance remains largely unknown provides an opportunity to discover many hidden gems.
Palestrina's output was vast and, depending on how you count them, includes nearly 500 motets. These were a great success with no less than seven volumes of them making their appearance during his lifetime but given such a large number of compositions and the dearth of modern editions at a suitable performing pitch for mixed choirs it's inevitable that many of them are seldom performed today. Mepending on how you look at it this is either a source of sadness or an opportunity for happiness when you come across music you haven't heard before. For myself I go along with Stephen Rice of the Brabant Ensemble who I have quoted above. One such opportunity for happiness is 'Lauda anima mea' you can hear below sung by the Brabant Ensemble conducted by Stephen Rice. Enjoy :-).
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