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How Fair Thou Art

£12.00

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.
 
SKU: SIGCD450

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 mater – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 2.54
  2. Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 2.48
  3. Pulchrae sunt genae tuae – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 3.27
  4. Tota pulchra es anima mea – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 2.38
  5. Nigra sum, sed Formosa – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 3.17
  6. Regina Caeli – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 2.11
  7. Trahe me, post te – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 3.22
  8. Veni, veni delicte mi – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 2.44
  9. Surge, propera amica mea – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 2.21
  10. Descendi in hortum meum – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 3.02
  11. Ave regina caelorum – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 5.29
  12. Sicut lilium inter spinas – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 4.41
  13. Osculetur me – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 2.35
  14. Ecce tu pulcher es – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 2.24
  15. Sicut lilium inter spinas – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 3.58
  16. Salve Regina – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 6.59