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listen  1. Plainchant: Assumpta est Maria in caelum0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Palestrina: Assumpta est Maria in caelum 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria in caelum: Kyrie 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria in caelum: Gloria 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria in caelum: Credo 8:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria in caelum: Sanctus & Benedictus 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria in caelum: Agnus Dei 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Palestrina: Sicut lilium inter spinas I 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Palestrina: Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas: Kyrie 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Palestrina: Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas: Gloria 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Palestrina: Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas: Credo 9:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Palestrina: Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas: Sanctus & Benedictus 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Palestrina: Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas: Agnus Dei 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Palestrina: Lamentations For Holy Saturday: Lesson 3, 6vv 9:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Palestrina: Missa Brevis: Kyrie 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Palestrina: Missa Brevis: Gloria 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Palestrina: Missa Brevis: Credo 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Palestrina: Missa Brevis: Sanctus & Benedictus 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Palestrina: Missa Brevis: Agnus Dei 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli: Gloria 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gimell UK
  • ASIN: B0007DBXHO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their sound is amazingly beautiful, their intonation is perfection, and their clarity a delight.
Craig Matteson
Palestrinas lyrics (if one dare call them this) are written with such devout nature that I honestly feel my heart leap with joy and exaltation.
Bjorn Viberg
A good introduction to one of the West's greatest composers and essential for any lover of great sacred music or Renaissance classics.
Michael G. Radigan

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is considered by many to be the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time. Born in obscurity, his birth year is debated, but it was sometime between 1514 and 1526 and died world famous in Rome in 1594. Palestrina was not a priest. He married and had two sons. In the 1570s he lost a brother, his wife, and two sons in three separate epidemics of plague. He then considered becoming a priest, but changed his mind and married a wealthy widow, his church position did not pay very well (do they ever?), and continued with his composition.

The style of composition he developed took the countrapuntal methods of the Renaissance with a personal style that emphasized smooth voice leading and the beauty of sound from the voices. In many ways, the Baroque style, founded in Italy around the time of Palestrina's death, was a reaction against the powerful cultural presence Palestrina's music had become. I understand the desire of the Baroque composers to express the words more directly, but to say that Palestrina did not express the meaning of the words in his music is a gross oversimplification.

When I hear these settings of the ordinary of the Mass I am still shocked at their beauty and transcendence. Every now and again someone tells me that they find Palestrina's music boring and I am dumbfounded. What could they possibly be hearing? My conclusion is that they are trying to listen for functional harmony supporting a single melody because that is the kind of music they know. Yet, that listening technique will not only cheat you of Palestrina and all of Renaissance music, but of most of Bach, Handel, and their contemporaries as well.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Maddy Evil on July 25, 2005
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This 2-CD release is a combination of previous Tallis Scholars discs; alongside Palestrina's most famous work - the Missa Papae Marcelli - is another freely composed Mass (Brevis), 2 parody Masses and their respective motets (Assumpta est Maria; Sicut lilium), and also his setting of the Lamentations for Holy Saturday, Lesson 3 (6vv).

Regarding historical accuracy, there are clearly several issues with these performances, perhaps most obviously in the use of sopranos as opposed to the original falsettists (or castrati). Similarly, in the papal choir - as was in fact the norm elsewhere in late 16th-century Europe - the alto parts would have been sung by high tenors, not countertenors. Recent Palestrina scholarship has also shown that one-per-part performance was likely; indeed, it was almost certainly the case in polyphony for Holy Week (such as the Lamentations), although the Tallis Scholars' 2-per-part allocation is considerably more plausible than choirs with a massive treble section. Lastly, the solo singers probably added lavish ornaments to the relatively plain lines of Palestrina's music, and they were sometimes accompanied by an organ or sackbut (see Graham Dixon, 'The Performance of Palestrina', Early Music [November 1994], 667-75).

Of course, none of this would concern Peter Phillips. He has always been deeply suspicious of the merits of 'authenticity', being primarily concerned instead with creating 'beautiful sounds' (see his interview in Bernard Sherman, Inside Early Music: Conversations with Performers [Oxford, 1997] and his article 'Beyond Authenticity' in Knighton & Fallows (eds.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Radigan on February 15, 2006
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Good performances of Palestrina's polyphonically complex choral masterpieces are difficult. One false note and the entire piece fails. In this beautiful set of recordings, the Tallis Scholars focus on a few of Palestrina's 107 Mass settings, and they never miss: they sing these masterworks with passion, clarity, and accuracy. Any quibbles about the authenticity of the use of sopranos are precisely that. A good introduction to one of the West's greatest composers and essential for any lover of great sacred music or Renaissance classics.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim A on July 14, 2008
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I own one other version of the timeless Pope Marcellus mass (choir of westminster abbey) and have heard many other recordings of it but upon sampling the many different recordings available online this particular selection drew me in like no other.

Other reviewers have already given the history of Giovanni and the lack of authenticity displayed by Philips and the Tallis Scholars but nearly everyone agrees that this recording is not "just another" flawless recording but one sung angelically, worthy of the heavens. I've never heard a richer sound from any choral group performing Renaissance music, and only Stephen Layton's Polyphony has what I consider a richer sound.

Besides the ultrafamous Marcellus Mass, this CD contains three others: the Assumpta Est Maria and Missa Brevis, both of which sound as familiar as any other uplifting mass, and the Missa Sicut, a very different kind of mass which is time-weary and sad but just as beautiful as the others. Each mass also has it's respective motet with the addition of the Lamentations track, also a little darker than the "main" masses.

But if you're shopping around for the "definitive" recording of the Pope Marcellus mass or just looking for high-quality Renaissance music in general (not-authentic but beautiful regardless), this CD is what you are looking for. Even if you just want some beautiful acapella choral music, this should satisfy you. It lifts to a place beyond the normal world. But don't take my word for it. Sample the many available recordings. I haven't yet found one which tops this.
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