King's College Choir, Cambridge - Alegri: Miserere ;Palestrina: Stabat Mater

Tuesday 1st October 1991
King's College Choir, Cambridge - Alegri: Miserere ;Palestrina: Stabat Mater

STYLE: Choral
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 25388-
LABEL: Decca 4211472
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Dave Massey

This recording comes from the days before the recent early music revival, being recorded in 1963 and as a result makes fewer concessions to the pieces as early works. Having said that, the greater dynamic range and interpretation produce here two beautiful settings of works by Renaissance mega-stars. The boy treble (Roy Goodman) sears effortlessly up to the high C in the Misere - made more astonishing by the fact that he holds back the volume to create a spine tingling picture of penitence -- which is what the work is about. The Palestrina masterpiece also flourishes under the baton of Sir David Willcocks who is now at the forefront of the renaissance movement. The Stabat Maler by Palestrina - like the Miserere ~ was treasured and kept a closely guarded secret by the Papal Choir until Dr Barney managed to bribe one of the singers to slip him a copy!

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Posted by Christine Davies in United Kingdom @ 11:41 on Sep 4 2009

Is there any way I can get a copy of this 1963 recording?



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