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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Lamentations for Good Friday ‘In Parasceve’

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March 29, 2013

This is the second in a series of three postings of Palestrina's setting of readings from the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah. These are the readings appointed to be read on Good Friday. You'll find the introduction to the series here: Introducing Palestrina’s Lamentations: A Series For Holy Week 2013 | Saturday Chorale. The singers are the Westminster Cathedral Choir, the Latin text and English translation are also below.

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Lamentations for Maundy Thursday ‘In Coena Domini’

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March 28, 2013

This is the first of three postings of Palestrina's setting of readings from the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah. These are the readings appointed to be read on Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday). You'll find the introduction to the series here: Introducing Palestrina’s Lamentations: A Series For Holy Week 2013 | Saturday Chorale. The singers are the Westminster Cathedral Choir, the Latin text and English translation are also below.

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Sunday Concert: Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Mass No.6 – Harnoncourt – RCO(2004Live) – YouTube

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March 17, 2013

Schubert composed sacred music throughout his life but due to his turbulent relationship with the Catholic Church few of them were performed during his lifetime perhaps this also accounts for their comparative neglect since his death. This is a great pity as there's some wonderful music amongst his six numbered Masses particularly in this Mass Mass No. 6 in E flat major, D950 and in the Deutsche Messe, D872 to say nothing of his gem-like shorter settings. This particular recording of the live performance of  the Mass No. 6 in E flat major given by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt dates from 2004 . Enjoy :-).

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Habemus Papam! – Tu Es Petrus – Peter Philips (±1560-1628)

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March 14, 2013

On the day that we learn of the election of a new Pope what could be more appropriate than Peter Philips' motet "Tu Es Petrus" ("You are Peter") from his 1613 Cantiones sacrae?

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Feature: Giovanni Pergolesi (1710-1736): Magnificat – The Atlanta Boy Choir; YouTube

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March 6, 2013

Screenshot Atlanta Boy Choir concert December 17th 2010

Perhaps it's ungracious to start by saying that like many I consider the attribution of this setting of the Magnificat to Pergolesi to be more than somewhat dubious. I think on stylistic grounds that it's far more likely to have been composed by Pergolesi's teacher Francesco Durante (1684-1755). In a way it's not desperately important who composed it as this particular setting of the Magnificat has a wonderfully expressive simplicity that, when it's well sung, sounds as though it's very easy to sing but is in fact a very demanding piece of music for soloists, choir, and orchestra alike.

The superb quality of The Atlanta Boy Choir's performance in the video below gives no indication of the difficulties of the piece. The accompaniment which can often be overwhelmed by the chorus has been given its proper weight, the soloists are more than up to their task, and the choir respond magnificently to the text and to Fletcher Wolfe's conducting. If I have a quibble – and it is a quibble, I would have liked the tempo to be just a touch slower. But otherwise this is one of the best performances of the piece I've ever heard. Kudos to the Atlanta Boy Choir and their Alumni Men's Choir both for the performance and for making it on available on YouTube. The music video, performer information, text and translations all below the fold. Enjoy :-).

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