Allegri: Miserere; Masses & Motets

Gregorio Allegri deserves better than for his reputation to rest on just one piece. Alongside his iconic Miserere, which never fails to cast its spell on listeners, the Choir of King’s College London presents premiere recordings of two of his five surviving masses, richly wrought with consummate skill in Palestrina’s prima prattica, and of their originating motets. These radiant performances shed new light on a much-loved composer.

"The Choir of King's College London deliver performances that are secure and confident for the most part, though in the slower sections of the Masses in particular...pitch and tone quality tend to falter. But their advocacy gives Allegri's music the sympathetic hearing it undoubtedly warrants."

"David Trendell's fine choir glows with warmth and commitment."

"The young voices of King’s College, London, who must have been coming afresh to this rare music, are alert and alive to the music’s subtle nuances...Their conductor David Trendell extracts some very passionate and committed singing."

"This is a performance [of the Miserere] to rank with the best, the varying textures and extreme registers stylishly handled, the balance and blend of the voice well-nigh perfect."

"A great disc featuring a choir of full bodied and talented individuals well worth seeking out!"

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venues: Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, London
Recording dates: 14-16 June 2011
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 13
First UK release date: 7 May 2012
Album ID: DCD34103
Total playing time: 1:12:14

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