Thursday, 14 July 2011

More Palestrina

This post is by way of update to an earlier post about Palestrina at St Peter's.  I have come across this video of the Bavarian Radio Choir singing the motet Tu Es Petrus, showing a different approach to singing Palestrina with a large choir:  
And then there is this gem from a professional choir hitherto unknown to me, Vox Coelestis, singing the same motet but with smaller forces, permitting greater clarity and vocal dexterity. According to their website:  
"[The singers who comprise Vox Coelestis are] drawn from the top choirs in the UK, such as the Gabrieli Consort, Royal Opera House Chorus, Joyful Company of Singers, Chorus of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and some of the top cathedral choirs in the country.  All our singers very generously give their time free of charge, which helps us to maximise the income for the charities we perform for."
The high altar is that of the stunning Anglican Abbey at St Albans, situated just north of London, having formerly been the site of the Roman town Verulamium.  Perhaps it's time that Britain repaid the favour and launched a choral invasion of Rome (forgive the facetiousness)