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."
Recording venue(s): 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
Total playing time: 1:12:14
First UK release date: July 12, 2005
Album ID: DCD34103