Orlande de Lassus : dare spirito alle parole

The seven Penitential Psalms are a group of Psalms, numbers 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143 in the Anglican numbering (in the Vulgate all except Psalm 6 are numbered one digit lower), which have been in liturgical use for penitential prayer since early Christian times and, in the later Middle Ages, were prescribed … Continue reading Orlande de Lassus : dare spirito alle parole

Dufay’s Missa de Sancti Anthonii de Padua

St Anthony of Padua held a very particular significance in the devotions of Guillaume Dufay. The single holy relic in his possession was a piece of the Saint’s belt, or girdle, listed among the ‘jewels’ in the account of the executors of his will. But the main expression of his veneration was undoubtedly the Mass … Continue reading Dufay’s Missa de Sancti Anthonii de Padua

Palestrina : Lamentations by Musica Contexta

Jerome Roche writing in Palestrina (Oxford Studies of Composers), claims that Palestrina wrote 41 complete sets of Lamentations for Tenebrae, although in his notes to their recording of Lamentations for Holy Thursday, Book III, Simon Ravens, director of Musica Contexta, says that only four sets survive. These Lamentations come from the Roman liturgy for Holy Week, which … Continue reading Palestrina : Lamentations by Musica Contexta

Palestrina : Missa Ad coenam Agni

Stephen Rice's Brabant Ensemble is a choir that closely resembles, at least in size, the kind of vocal group Palestrina would have been familiar with.  Generally utilizing three singers to a part Palestrina's polyphony is put across clearly and strongly.   The documentary evidence indicates that this mass falls early in Palestrina's career, but it is not a … Continue reading Palestrina : Missa Ad coenam Agni

Francisco de Peñalosa : Bruno Turner & Pro Cantione Antiqua

Under strong Flemish influence, Spanish composers of real quality and pronounced character emerged at the end of the fifteenth century, associated with the royal chapels of Ferdinand and Isabella and with the choirs of the great cathedrals, notably Toledo and Seville. Francisco de Peñalosa shares pre-eminence with some fine contemporaries such as the Basque Juan … Continue reading Francisco de Peñalosa : Bruno Turner & Pro Cantione Antiqua