An exuberant performance of Da Palestrina's cycle of motets by the virtuosic choir Magnificat.
Originally released in 2001, Da Palestrina: Song of Songs has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.
‘These eight singers combine a sense of stylistic poise with calculated daring.' The Scotsman
‘I can thoroughlyrecommend this very fine recording.' Early Music Review
‘The sound these singers make is exquisite.' The Sunday Times
‘The singers of Magnificat have a rich, creamy sound, well blended but with each voice part's individuality also fully audible.' International Record Review
‘My version of choice for this highly-charged music.' MusicWeb International
Full of strikingly sensuous passages, both literary and musical, Magnificat's one-voice-per-part performance allows Da Palestrina's music to speak with clarity and intimacy - a carefully considered balance of poise and passion. No ordinary collection of motets, the Song of Songs sets the most sensual and openly erotic sections of the Old Testament which led Da Palestrina to employ ‘a style of music a little more lively than normally used in other sacred compositions'.
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