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GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA  

(1525 - 1594)

Palestrina, his name derived from his probable place of birth, was one of the principal composers of the late 16th century, his style taken as a model by later generations. His musical language represents the climax of musical achievement of the period, above all in his mastery of earlier Franco-Flemish polyphonic techniques, which he used with complete assurance, particularly in the provision of music for the Catholic liturgy both before and after the reforming Council of Trent. Palestrina’s career was largely spent in Rome, at the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Cappella Giulia at St Peter’s, and at St John Lateran.

Church Music

Palestrina wrote a large number of settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. Of these the Missa Papae Marcelli, popularly supposed to have been written to convince the authorities at the Council of Trent that there was still a place for polyphony in the musical performance of the Catholic liturgy, is among the best known. Missa Aeterna Christi munera, a Mass that makes use of the plainchant of the title as its basis, is a fine example of Palestrina’s technical command, but a similar claim might be made for almost any other of the 100 or so surviving Mass settings. The large number of surviving motets offers a similar embarrassment of choice. Palestrina’s liturgical music also includes settings of the Lamentations for Holy Week (taken from the Lamentations of Jeremiah), litanies, settings of the Magnificat, and offertories. In addition to generally conservative Italian madrigals, he also wrote a number of five-voice Italian sacred madrigals.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Artist Profile Series - José Serebrier Naxos 8.505086
Early Music Collection Naxos 8.503005
Sacred Masterpieces of the Renaissance Naxos 8.505020

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A LA DECOUVERTE DU CLASSIQUE Naxos
8.550037-38
Choral - Sacred
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (2nd Expanded Edition, 2000) Naxos Educational
8.555319-20
Choral - Sacred
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (3rd Expanded Edition, 2009) Naxos Educational
8.558212-13
Choral - Sacred
AGNUS DEI - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556701
Choral - Sacred
ALLELUJA NATIVITAS - Canti di Natale (Christmas Songs) Tactus
TC900002
Choral - Sacred
ANGLAR (Angels) Naxos
8.503096
Choral - Sacred
Armonie dello Spirito, Vol. 2 - PALESTRINA, G.P. di / VICTORIA, T.L. de / PEROSI, L. (Capella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, Palombella) (NTSC) EuroArts
2072578
Classical Concert
Art and Music: Caravaggio - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558060
Choral - Sacred
BACH, J.S. / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / CLARKE, J. / BOCCERINI, L. / HAYDN, J. / MATTHESON, J.: Stokowski Transcriptions, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.572050
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (Concert in Honour of Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican, 2007) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101457
Classical Concert
Choral Concert: The King's Singers - SCHUTZ, H. / POULENC, F. / LASSO, O. (Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer) Naxos
8.572987
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Westminster Cathedral Choir - ALLEGRI, G. / PALESTRINA, G.P. / LOTTI, A. / VICTORIA, T.L. de (Masterpieces of Renaissance Polyphony) Newton Classics
NC8802042
Choral - Sacred
CHORAL MASTERPIECES Naxos
8.550827
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - HILDEGARD OF BINGEN / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / ISAAC, H. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / DUFAY, G. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3174
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / BRUCKNER, A. / FAURE, G. / HOLST, G. / DURUFLE, M. / SCHUBERT, F. / VICTORIA, T. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3138
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / VIADANA, L. / VIADANA, L. / VICTORIA, T. / BYRD, W. (Beyond Chant Mysteries of the Renaissance) Delos
DE3165
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music (Sacred) - SCHUBERT, F. / BRAHMS, J. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / VERDI, G. / MONTEVERDI, C. / BRUCKNER, A. / MOZART, W.A. / GRIEG, E. Capriccio
C49341
Choral - Sacred
Christmas Choral Concert: Regensburg Cathedral Choir - LUTZEL, J.H. / PACHELBEL, J. / HANDL, J. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / BRAHMS, J. / BRITTEN, B. Capriccio
C10838
Choral - Sacred
Classical Music Start-Up Kit, Vol. 1: 1500-1825 Naxos Educational
8.550779
Choral - Sacred
CREDO - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556708
Choral - Sacred
DELOS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - Encores! Delos
DE1630
Choral - Sacred
DISCOVER CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.550008-09
Choral - Sacred
Discover Early Music Naxos Educational
8.558170-71
Choral - Sacred
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 1 Naxos Educational
8.550035-36
Choral - Sacred
EASTER ALBUM (AN) Naxos
8.570175-76
Choral - Sacred
ENGINEER'S CHOICE, Vol. 2 Delos
DE3512
Choral - Sacred
ENKELIN AANIN (Angel's Voices) Naxos
8.503147
Choral - Sacred
GLORIA - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556702
Choral - Sacred
GLORIA! - Songs of Exaltation Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90906
Choral - Sacred
HORIZONS - A Musical Journey Delos
DE3511
Choral - Sacred
Introduction to Early Music (An) Naxos
8.551203
Choral - Sacred
JESUS CHRIST IN MUSIC Naxos
8.557161
Choral - Sacred
KLASSISKT A-O (The A to Z of Classical Music) Naxos
8.553362
Choral - Sacred
KYRIE - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556707
Choral - Sacred
Lamentations (Oxford Camerata) Naxos
8.550572
Choral - Sacred
Live in Rome: Celebrating Palestrina's 400th Anniversary Gimell
GIMDP903
Classical Concert
LOEKI STARDUST COLLECTION (Loeki Stardust Quartet) Newton Classics
NC8802044
Chamber Music
LORENZINO DEL LIUTO: Lute Music Naxos
8.570165
Instrumental
MADRIGALI DIMINUITI E PASSAGGIATI TRA VOCE E CEMBALO Tactus
TC500003
Vocal
MUSIC SURROUND SPECTACULAR (THE) - The Tests Delos
DE3179
Choral - Sacred
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - FLORENCE: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110513
Classical Concert
MYSTIC VOICES - Divine Music from the Heavens Naxos
8.570169-70
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA / LASSO: Masses Naxos
8.550836
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA, G.: Choral Music (The Greatest Choral Music of Palestrina - Prince of Music) (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3210
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA, G.P. da: Cantica Salomonis (Canticum Canticorum) (Palestrina Ensemble Munich, V. Schubert) Naxos
8.573096-97
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA, G.P. da: Choral Music (O Magnum Mysterium) (Vienna Vocal Consort, Upadhyaya) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93255
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA, G.P. da: Lamentations, Book 3 (I Cantori di Lorenzo, Bressan) Tactus
TC521603
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA, G.P. da: Madrigals, Book 1 (Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini) Tactus
TB521604
Vocal Ensemble
PALESTRINA, G.P. da: Madrigals, Book 1 (Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini) Tactus
TC521601
Vocal Ensemble
PALESTRINA, G.P. da: Masses, Book 5: Missa Aeterna Christi munera / Masses, Book 3: Missa Brevis (Chappelle Musicale de la Trinite' des monts, Mura) Tactus
TC521602
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA, G.P.: Missa sine nomine / NANINO, G.: Lamentationes (CantArte Regensburg, Velten) Capriccio
C10766
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA: Missa de Beata Virgine Naxos
8.553313
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA: Missa L'homme arme / CAVAZZONI: Ricercari Naxos
8.553315
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA: Missa Papae Marcelli Naxos
8.550573
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA: Missa Papae Marcelli / ALLEGRI: Miserere Naxos
8.553238
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA: Missa Sine Nomine / Missa L'Homme Arme / Motets Naxos
8.553314
Choral - Sacred
PERCORSI DELLA MUSICA ITALIANA DAL '500 AL '700 Tactus
TC950001
Chamber Music
PROGETTO MUSICA - Musica Sacra Nell'Oratorio di San Filippo Neri Tactus
TC520001
Vocal Ensemble
Renaissance Masterpieces Naxos
8.550843
Choral - Sacred
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
8.501067
Choral - Sacred
SANCTUS - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556704
Choral - Sacred
SERENE JOURNEYS THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC Delos
DE1608
Choral - Sacred
STABAT MATER - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556706
Choral - Sacred
The Best of Naxos 8 Naxos
8.551201
Choral - Sacred
VOICE (Eternal) Naxos
8.572183
Choral - Sacred
Voices of Angels Naxos
8.503071
Choral - Sacred
World of Early Music Naxos
8.554770-71
Choral - Sacred




 
 
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