G. P. da Palestrina
ASV Gaudeamus CDGAU333
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Victimae paschali laudes
Stabat mater Music for Holy Week & Easter
(G. P. da Palestrina)
A disc which traces the emotion and joy of Holy Week and Easter by the most famous of all sixteenth-century composers, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina. His stunningly moving setting of the Stabat mater is set alongside dramatic descriptions of the resurrection and shows Palestrina to be more emotional and daring a composer than is usually thought. Here also you can see Palestrina using a wariety of styles, from conservative sounding polyphony for men’ voices to vibrant new pieces for double choir where rhythm and dialogue are all important.
On this beautifully sung and recorded disc Andrew Carwood’s inspired programme planning uses motets and other settings to tell the Holy Week and Easter story … A ‘must buy’ – especially for anyone who thinks of Palestrina as just an esoteric composer of masses. EARLY MUSIC REVIEW 2003