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Palestrina: Missa Sicut lilium & motets from the Song of Songs

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Trinity College Chapel

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Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina (c1525-1594) was Rome’s greatest composer at the end of the 16th century, and when he published his settings of texts from the Song of Songs he dedicated the volume to his employer, Pope Gregory XIII. On the surface these texts might seem an unlikely choice as they are sensual and openly erotic, but the Christian interpretation is that they describe the divine love between Christ and his spouse, the soul. The pieces were not intended to be sung at Mass or other liturgies, but would likely have been performed for the Pope or other important dignitaries at supper or as chamber music entertainment: one might perhaps think of them as sacred madrigals.

In this concert conducted by Gramophone Award winner David Skinner, the men of DE PROFUNDIS return to Trinity College Chapel to perform some of Palestrina’s motets from the Song of Songs collection (Tota pulchra es, Descendi in hortum meum, Trahe me post te and others), as well as the dark and richly beautiful Missa Sicut lilium, based upon his own Song of Songs motet Sicut lilium (‘Like a lily among thorns’.)

DAVID SKINNER is a renowned scholar and director. He was co-founder of the Cardinall’s Musick in 1989 and is director of Alamire. He is Fellow and Osborn Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge. In 2015 he and Alamire won the Gramophone Early Music Award for their Obsidian release The Spy’s Choirbook, and their latest release is a two-CD set of large-scale choral works by Hieronymus Praetorius.

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