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The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
Vatican Museum
Track(s) taken from GIMBD641
Recording details: April 2005
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: December 2013
Total duration: 9 minutes 51 seconds

'New release designed to make playing high-resolution surround more accessible to everyone. The Allegri is the standout on this disc in sonic terms, with its main choir set before us, and the soloists separated off in the surrounding acoustic, for a truly atmospheric effect that’s quite captivating' (Gramophone)

'It is 40 years since Peter Phillips founded The Tallis Scholars, and perhaps appropriate that they have chosen to move into the 'new' technology of Blu-ray audio by re-releasing the most celebrated piece of their repertoire, Allegri's Miserere. Dan Morgan's review describes this as a resounding success, and a landmark. Enough said' (MusicWeb International)

Stabat mater
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The syllabic style not only appealed to the reforming cardinals of the Council of Trent, however. The avant-garde composers of the later sixteenth century were moving fairly unanimously towards a harmonically based, word-orientated idiom in which the craze for madrigals played a central role, thus paving the way for the Baroque. The syllabic movements of the Missa Papae Marcelli were early in this change: later in his life Palestrina took up the method more consistently. His Stabat mater is the supreme example of this. Almost his last datable composition, it was written around 1589/90 in the antiphonal style between two separated choirs which is associated with Venetian music: perhaps Palestrina as an old man was keen to show that he was fully abreast of all the latest developments. Whether it was seen as being Venetian or not, when the Stabat mater was presented to the Papal choir it was instantly recognized as being a masterpiece and, like Allegri’s Miserere, jealously guarded as an exclusive possession, to be performed uniquely by them every Palm Sunday.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2007


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