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Tu es Petrus a 6

6vv; published in the second book of motets, 1572, and Corollanium Cantionum Sacrarum, Gerlachiae, 1590

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
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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: 6 minutes 51 seconds

Cover artwork: The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
Vatican Museum

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The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)


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Any Vatican composer setting a text about Saint Peter would have felt on his mettle, and nowhere does Palestrina make words shine more splendidly than in his six-voice Tu es Petrus. He must have identified with this text since he had already set it once before for seven voices, and soon would write one of his most elaborate parody Masses on this version. His sense of musical architecture is at its most compelling here as he builds up the massive pillars of sound which underlie the words ‘claves regni caelorum’. Joyful, positive in spirit, sonorous to the ear: Tu es Petrus sums up much of the mood of counter-Reformation Rome in general, and Palestrina’s art in particular.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2007

Tout compositeur du Vatican ayant à mettre en musique un texte sur saint Pierre aurait voulu donner le meilleur de lui-même et jamais Palestrina ne fit autant resplendir les mots que dans son Tu es Petrus à six voix. Il a dû s’identifier à ce texte qu’il avait déjà mis en musique une fois (à sept voix) – une version qui allait bientôt lui inspirer sa messe-parodie la plus élaborée. Son sens de l’architecture musicale atteint au paroxysme de la séduction quand il bâtit les massifs piliers sonores qui étayent les mots «claves regni caelorum». Joyeux, positif, retentissant: Tu es Petrus est un condensé du climat de la Rome de la contre-Réforme en général, et de l’art palestrinien en particulier.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Phillips © 2007
Français: Gimell

Jeder vatikanische Komponist, der einen Text über Sankt Petrus setzte, würde sich verpflichtet fühlen, sein Allerbestes zu geben, und nirgends lässt Palestrina Worte herrlicher scheinen als in seinem sechsstimmigen Tu es Petrus. Er muss sich mit diesem Text identifiziert haben, denn er hatte ihn bereits siebenstimmig vertont und sollte über diese Version eine seiner aufwendigsten Parodiemessen schreiben. Sein Gespür für musikalische Architektur ist hier besonders zwingend, wenn er die massiven Klangpfeiler aufbaut, die die Worte „claves regni caelorum“ unterstützen. Tu es Petrus ist freudvoll, positiv gestimmt und dem Ohr wohlklingend und fasst die Stimmung im Rom der Gegenreformation im Allgemeinen und spezifisch Palestrinas Kunst zusammen.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Phillips © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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