Palestrina, Giovanni Perluigi, The Cardinall's Musick/Andrew Carwood Palestrina - Stabat Mater

Thursday 8th January 2004
Palestrina, Giovanni Perluigi, The Cardinall's Musick/Andrew Carwood Palestrina - Stabat Mater
Palestrina, Giovanni Perluigi, The Cardinall's Musick/Andrew Carwood Palestrina - Stabat Mater

STYLE: Choral
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9342-
LABEL: ASV Gaudeamus CD
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

Holy Week is announced with an anonymous plainsong, “Hosanna Filio David”. The remaining 78 minutes of this recording are by Palestrina and demonstrate why his contemporaries revered him. As befits the subject matter, much of the music is solemn, such as the Palm Sunday Offertory “Improperium” that anticipates the dreadful events to follow. There are two settings for the Institution of the Eucharist, both reverent, both sung with dignity and restraint. The centrepiece is the “Stabat Mater” for double choir that moves from suffering to hope and may well break your heart. Having taken us to the depths, Palestrina looks upwards to celebrate the Resurrection but, for this reviewer, the heights are not as glorious as the depths, at least on a musical level. The theology is, praise be, another matter entirely. This is a magnificent recording and the Cardinall’s Musick bring in a superlative performance.

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