Palestrina, Allegri

Tallis Scholars Live in Rome
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 994
Gimell 454 994


  1. (applause)
  2. Palestrina: Surge, illuminare
  3. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli - Kyrie
  4. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli - Gloria
  5. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli - Credo
  6. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli - Sanctus & Benedictus
  7. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli - Agnus Dei I & II
  8. Allegri: Miserere
  9. Palestrina: Stabat Mater
  10. Palestrina: Alma Redemptoris Mater
  11. Palestrina: Magnificat primi toni
  12. Palestrina: Nunc dimittis

Performers: Tessa Bonner, Sally Dunkley, Ruth Holton, Deborah Roberts, Caroline Trevor, David Gould, Deborah Miles-Johnson, Michael Lees, Philip Cave, Robert Johnston, Paul Agnew, Steven Harrold, Francis Steele, Stephen Charlesworth, Robert Evans, Julian Walker

Playing time: 73'

Recording date: February, 1994

This is a live recording made in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, on the ocassion of the 400th anniversary of Palestrina's death. There is applause after each item, but the concert noise is minimal during the performances. This performance is also available on VHS, DVD and laserdisc.

The Missa Papae Marcelli was reissued in Gimell 204 (2 CDs).

A newer recording of some of this material:

Allegri: Miserere
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
Music written for the Sistine Chapel
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 041

A few recordings of similar scope, also serving as good introductions to the sacred polyphony of the later Renaissance:

Musica della Cappella Sistina
Allegri / Josquin / Morales / Palestrina
Taverner Consort - Andrew Parrott
Virgin Veritas 61309
The Golden Age Volume 1: Europe
Magnificat - Philip Cave
Linn 052
Palestrina / Allegri / Lotti
The Sixteen - Harry Christophers
Collins Classics 5009
Miserere — Missa Cantantibus organis
Allegri / Anerio / Palestrina
The Cardinall's Musick - Andrew Carwood
Hyperion 67860

A larger collection including much similar material:

Best of the Renaissance
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Philips "2-for-1" 462 862 (2 CDs)

The Tallis Scholars' other Palestrina recordings:

Palestrina: Missa Benedicta es
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 901
Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 903
Palestrina Missa Brevis
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 908
Palestrina Masses: Assumpta est Maria / Sicut lilium
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 920
Allegri: Miserere
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 939

A more recent recording featuring the Palestrina mass:

Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
Ensemble Officium - Wilfried Rombach
Christophorus 77275

Other potential introductory collections for Palestrina:

Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est
Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh
DG Archiv 437 833
Palestrina: Stabat Mater
The Cardinall's Musick - Andrew Carwood
AS&V "Gaudeamus" 333
A Palestrina Celebration
Missa Papae Marcelli / Lamentations, etc.
Pro Cantione Antiqua - Mark Brown
Pickwick Allegro 1085

A fine disc devoted entirely to Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652), featuring alternate performance styles in his famous Miserere:

Allegri: Miserere, Missa Vidi turbam magnum, Motets
Ensemble A Sei voci - Bernard Fabre-Garrus
Astrée 8524

Finally, the Tallis Scholars' other "broadcast" recordings:

The Tallis Scholars on the South Bank Show
The Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips, dir.
Gimell 999
Tallis Scholars Live in Oxford
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 998

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Todd M. McComb