How Fair Thou Art

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How Fair Thou Art

Biblical Passions by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

 The King's Singers

The King’s Singers return with a new early-music recording that features 12 of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s beautiful polyphonic choral settings of the ‘Canticum Canticorum’ – better known as ‘The Song of Songs’ or Canticles, a collection of poetry in the Hebrew Bible on the theme of the joy and ecstasy of human love. These settings are framed by four of Palestrina’s Marian motets, works in honour of the Virgin Mary which he composed throughout his life.

This recording is the first to feature performances from the group’s new tenor Julian Gregory.


What people are saying

"An admirably cool approach" The Observer, March 2016  

"They sing in a beautifully blended style with individual voices often subsumed into the overall sound image. These performances have a significant amount of surface polish, poise and style, technically they are very impressive." Planet Hugill, April 2016

"Admirers of The King's Singers will certainly not be dissapointed." MusicWeb International, May 2016

"At it's best - The King's Singers' sweetness of tone seems perfectly to match the sense of the text." Gramophone, May 2016

"Wonderful music beautifully delivered." - The Northern Echo, June 2016

 The King's Singers


Release date: 4th Mar 2016
Order code: SIGCD450
Barcode: 635212045022

1.Alma redemptoris materGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina2.54
2.Quam pulchri sunt gressus tuiGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina2.48
3.Pulchrae sunt genae tuaeGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina3.27
4.Tota pulchra es anima meaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina2.38
5.Nigra sum, sed FormosaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina3.17
6.Regina CaeliGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina2.11
7.Trahe me, post teGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina3.22
8.Veni, veni delicte miGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina2.44
9.Surge, propera amica meaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina2.21
10.Descendi in hortum meumGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina3.02
11.Ave regina caelorumGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina5.29
12.Sicut lilium inter spinasGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina4.41
13.Osculetur meGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina2.35
14.Ecce tu pulcher esGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina2.24
15.Sicut lilium inter spinasGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina3.58
16.Salve ReginaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina6.59