CANTATE DOMINO Sistine Chapel Choir

CANTATE DOMINO

Sistine Chapel Choir
Monsignor Massimo Palombella
Int. Release 25 Sep. 2015
1 CD / Download
0289 479 5300 5 CD DDD GH


Track List

Traditional
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594)
Orlando Di Lasso (1532 - 1594)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594)
Gregorio Allegri (1582 - 1652)
Traditional
Felice Anerio (1560 - 1614)
Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548 - 1611)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594)
Orlando Di Lasso (1532 - 1594)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594)
Sistine Chapel Choir, Massimo Palombella

Total Playing Time 59:00

The acoustics in the chapel are spellbinding . . . utterly sublime . . .

This album gets a "Rick's Pick" not only because the singing is sumptuously beautiful or because the program . . . is so well-selected, but also because it represents a historical first: this is the first studio recording of the Sistine Chapel's resident choir, and the first recording ever made in the Sistine Chapel itself. Fittingly, the program includes the original version of Allegri's famous "Miserere", as preserved in the Sistine Codex of 1661. And how does the legendary chapel sound as a recording venue? Haunting -- the acoustic is dark and quite reverberant. The singing is top-notch, and this disc offers a truly unique listening experience overall.

. . . a beautifully recorded disc, as much a celebration of the building as of the music or the voices . . . [choir director Palombella's unique approach to polyphony, driven partly by the acoustic, at times leads to] extreme poignancy, such as the opening of Anerio's "Christus factus est pro nobis" . . . [this disc is] executed with such conviction that it creates one of the most expressive and atmospheric recordings of this repertoire in recent years.

The chanting of "Christus factus est" is a revelation, with every inflection implied by the notation executed with fluency and sensitivity to style . . . [the choir is impassioned] in "Tu es Petrus", and in Lassus's "Magnificat" it moves quietly into the music with hardly a murmur . . . [it captures the singing in the Sistine Chapel,] and so we get an effective "middle-distance" recording with a spacious echo . . .

The acoustics of the chapel are hauntingly beautiful, as is the sensually sculpted sound of this choir.

. . . great works of the Roman School sung worthily by the successor of the choir for which they were written . . . the single work that makes this program exceptional is Gregorio Allegri's "Miserere" . . . All in all, this disc is a triumph . . . Anyone who is interested in Roman church music must hear this disc. It is astonishing.

. . . ein inspiriertes Hörvergnügen . . .

  • Sistine Chapel Choir – Cantate Domino (English Trailer)

    Recorded, by kind permission of the Vatican, as the first studio album ever to in the Sistine Chapel featuring the Chapel’s resident choir – one of the longest-established choirs anywhere in the world.


  • Sistine Chapel Choir - Allegri: Miserere - Sistine Codex of 1661 (excerpt)

    Recorded, by kind permission of the Vatican, as the first studio album ever to in the Sistine Chapel featuring the Chapel’s resident choir – one of the longest-established choirs anywhere in the world.