Palestrina: Masses; motets by Palestrina and others

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COMPOSERS: Palestrina
LABELS: Gimell
WORKS: Masses; motets by Palestrina and others
PERFORMER: Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips
CATALOGUE NO: CDGIMB 400 ADD/DDD (1980-89)
Palestrina died 400 years ago this year, and his musical style has long been held up as an example to music students. But few have done more than Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars to reveal the music’s expressive side. This collection of seven Masses (interspersed with plainchant), with motets by Palestrina and his contemporaries, is excellent value, and the perfect introduction to some breathtaking music. A stylish reissue from an enterprising label. Edward Kershaw

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