Kyrie from Kerle's Missa Regina Caeli
from Cantores' most recent CD release of the Masses of Palestrina and Kerle



Sanctus from Palestrina’s Missa Brevis
from Cantores' most recent CD release of the Masses of Palestrina and Kerle
Cantor: Karl Blume


CANTORES' NEW CD RELEASE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI
DA PALESTRINA
MISSA BREVIS
AND STABAT MATER

JACOBUS
DE KERLE
MISSA REGINA CAELI

CANTORES
IN ECCLESIA
BLAKE APPLEGATE

Cantores in Ecclesia's most recent release (pictured left) brings together settings of the Latin Mass by two Renaissance composers. They were exact contemporaries, and both were famous in their own lifetime, although posterity has treated them quite differently. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94) is still a familiar name to modern singers, while Jacobus de Kerle (1531-91) has been all but forgotten. These two men were both dedicated to composing music for the Catholic Church in an era when its musical foundations (and the foundations of its very existence) were in peril. This was a time of sweeping reforms, debated for twenty arduous years during the Council of Trent. The goal was to strip off the excesses and corruptions of past centuries, returning to an atmosphere of simplicity, austerity, and holiness. Needless to say, this had vast implications for what was sung and played in church. Kerle and Palestrina were two composers who found themselves at the center of the fray. (Except taken from the CD booklet music notes, written by Dr. Kerry McCarthy.)

To listen to a sample, please click links on the left.

CDs are now available online at http://cdbaby.com/cd/cantoresinecclesia or call 503-295-2811. Copies can also be purchased at every reception directly following the 7:30 P.M. Saturday Vigil Masses at St. Stephen's throughout Advent.
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