Timothy Murphy

Bass Baritone

Missa Ad coenam Agni & Eastertide motets – The Brabant Ensemble

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  1. Missa Ad coenam Agni – Kyrie
  2. Missa Ad coenam Agni – Glori
  3. Missa Ad coenam Agni – Credo
  4. Missa Ad coenam Agni – Sanctus and Benedictus
  5. Missa Ad coenam Agni – Agnus Dei
  6. Surrexit pastor bonus
  7. Regina caeli I
  8. Haec dies
  9. Alleluia. Tulerunt Dominum
  10. Five Eastertide Offertories – Terra tremuit
  11. Five Eastertide Offertories -Angelus Domini II
  12. Five Eastertide Offertories -Deus, Deus meus
  13. Five Eastertide Offertories -Lauda anima mea
  14. Five Eastertide Offertories -Benedicite gentes
  15. Ad coenam Agni providi

The Brabant Ensemble, better known for uncovering works by forgotten composers such as Dominique de Phinot, turns to a giant of the Renaissance—perhaps the most celebrated name of the period. Yet within Palestrina’s huge output there are many hidden gems, lacking both recordings and modern performing editions, and it is from among these that the ensemble’s director Stephen Rice has chosen the repertoire for this album. A Mass—Missa Ad coenam Agni, from Palestrina’s first book of Mass-settings—is included, plus antiphons, motets and five Eastertide Offertories. Each work is, as Stephen Rice states in his typically informative booklet notes, ‘a finely crafted addition to the liturgy’.

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Eastertide offertories, antiphons and motets from the master of Renaissance counterpoint. The spirited Surrexit pastor bonus, its accompanying antiphon Regina caeli and the gradual Haec dies are sung with a full-voiced, beefy intensity that lifts the music away from mere polite polyphony and gives it a really exciting energy. The Observer

[Regina Coeli] The singers enliven the texture with their nuanced renderings of the marvellous contrapuntal connections, and the recording makes the most of the double-choir effects in the final section. BBC Music Magazine

The quality of the works is such that their neglect in the discography is puzzling … The Brabants seem very much at home here. Gramophone

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