Sacred Treasures, Vol. 2: Choral Masterworks from the Sistine Chapel

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
For more than 200 years, the Miserere by Gregorio Allegri 1582-1652 was the world's most closely guarded musical secret. It was composed for Holy Week services at the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican believed the music was so precious it ruled that anyone who tried to copy the score would be excommunicated. In 1770, when Mozart was just 14, he transcribed it from memory after attending a single performance. The power of Allegri's polyphony was amplified by vocal ornamentation improvised by the choir. We don't know how singers would have improvised in Allegri's day, though apparently it was quite elaborate and ecstatic. For this recording, Vladimir Ivanoff has ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
For more than 200 years, the Miserere by Gregorio Allegri 1582-1652 was the world's most closely guarded musical secret. It was composed for Holy Week services at the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican believed the music was so precious it ruled that anyone who tried to copy the score would be excommunicated. In 1770, when Mozart was just 14, he transcribed it from memory after attending a single performance. The power of Allegri's polyphony was amplified by vocal ornamentation improvised by the choir. We don't know how singers would have improvised in Allegri's day, though apparently it was quite elaborate and ecstatic. For this recording, Vladimir Ivanoff has created a "metamorphosis" based on Allegri's original music. Ivanoff plays most of the improvisations himself on the cornetto, an ancient wooden instrument with an exotic trumpet-like tone. It's a strange yet mesmerizing fusion of sounds, reminiscent of OFFICIUM, the exquisite collaboration between saxophonist Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble. The Osnabrück Youth Choir sings raptly and the resonant ambience of the Osnabrück Cathedral gives the music a golden glow.
Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
In the 17th century, Gregorio Allegri's "Miserere" was thought to be so ethereal that a pope decreed that it could be sung only in the Sistine Chapel, under threat of excommunication. Vladimir Ivanoff tackles this historic prayer for mercy, contrition, and renewal in a new choral interpretation, which he calls a "metamorphosis." Composed for a choir of men and boys, plus cornetto trumpet (played by Ian Harrison), the music is performed with echoing grandeur of the Osnabrück Cathedral. The often dissonant solo trumpet and complex choral lines seem to sharply polish the marble surface, yet soft harmonies glow like a snippet of down in a shaft of light. "Miserere" is so achingly divine, it's no wonder the pope reserved it for himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Hearts Of Space
  • UPC: 025041111225
  • Catalog Number: 11112
  • Sales rank: 69,694

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Miserere mei Deus
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Harrison Conductor, Cornetto
Osnabrück Boy's Chorus Ensemble
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