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Gregorio Allegri: Miserere Mei

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Gregorio Allegri and his famous "Miserere" which Mozart transcribed on one hearing appear to be the central focus of this 2005 reissue from Meridian, but the program's roster -- Giovanni da Palestrina, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Annibale Orgas, Paolo Quagliati, Agostino Agazzari, Abundio Antonelli, Stefano Landi, and Giovanni Francesco Anerio -- reads like a who's who of composers of Roman Catholic music in the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Allegri's "Miserere" represents the austere a cappella choral style employed in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, noted particularly for its ornamentation over a simply harmonized chant in fauxbourdon. But in this transitional period, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Gregorio Allegri and his famous "Miserere" which Mozart transcribed on one hearing appear to be the central focus of this 2005 reissue from Meridian, but the program's roster -- Giovanni da Palestrina, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Annibale Orgas, Paolo Quagliati, Agostino Agazzari, Abundio Antonelli, Stefano Landi, and Giovanni Francesco Anerio -- reads like a who's who of composers of Roman Catholic music in the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Allegri's "Miserere" represents the austere a cappella choral style employed in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, noted particularly for its ornamentation over a simply harmonized chant in fauxbourdon. But in this transitional period, composers were either backward-looking, as may be discerned in Antonelli's pointedly archaic "Cogitavi dies antiquos," or somewhat progressive and adventurous, as may be apparent in the concertante style of Anerio's "Jubilemus in arca Domini Dei" or in the expressive polychoral setting of Landi's "In conventendo." The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, directed by George Guest, is remarkably pure and finely blended, and the organ accompaniment provided by Adrian Lucas is tastefully unobtrusive. Meridian's unprocessed recording from 1988 is outstanding for the time, and sounds almost as clean and natural as later DSD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Meridian
  • EAN: 5015959452225
  • Catalog Number: 84522
  • Sales rank: 31,985

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus - Gregorio Allegri & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (13:15)
  2. 2 Gustate et videte - Gregorio Allegri & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (5:59)
  3. 3 Exsultate Deo, motet for 5 voices (from Motets Book V) - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (2:44)
  4. 4 Diversarum modulationum, Book II No.10, O Mors Illa, for 2 voices & continuo - Girolamo Frescobaldi & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (4:16)
  5. 5 Omnes Gentes - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Annibale Orgas (2:52)
  6. 6 Assumpta est Maria - Gregorio Allegri & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (2:20)
  7. 7 Ego Dormio - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Paolo Quagliati (5:07)
  8. 8 Gaude Virgo - Agostino Agazzari & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (2:24)
  9. 9 Cogitavi Dies Antiquos - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Abundio Antonelli (4:20)
  10. 10 In conventendo - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Stefano Landi (4:12)
  11. 11 Jubilemus in Arca Domini Dei - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Felice Anerio (3:32)
  12. 12 Pange lingua, hymn for 4 voices (from Complete Hymns) - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina (8:40)
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Performance Credits
St. John's College Choir, Cambridge Primary Artist
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