Palestrina: Music for the Christmas Season (CD)

Palestrina: Music for the Christmas Season (CD)


Record Label: Centaur 
Release Date: May 1, 1992 

“The ensemble shows great sensitivity in phrasing and choice of articulation . . . aficionados will be grateful that these wonderful works have been recorded so successfully.” — Choral Journal 

Chicago a capella’s debut recording presents works from one of Renaissance Italy’s best-known composers, the Roman choirmaster Palestrina, including his rarely heard masterpiece Missa O magnum mysterium. Also included are several of Palestrina’s Christmas hymns, which alternate between verses of polyphony and verses of Gregorian chant, and the six-voice motet “O magnum mysterium.” 

Chicago a capella 
Laura Amend soprano 
Carol LoVerde soprano 
Susan Schober alto 
Terry Sullivan alto 
Cary Lovett tenor 
Trevor Mitchell tenor 
Matthew Greenberg baritone 
Robert Heitzinger baritone 
Jonathan Miller bass 


Palestrina Missa, “O Magnum Mysterium” for five voices 

Palestrina Motet: O magnum mysterium for six voices 

Palestrina Office hymns for four voices, sung alternatim with chant 

Palestrina Offertory: Jublate Deo universa terra for five voices 

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