|CANTORES' NEW CD RELEASE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE:
GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA
MISSA BREVIS AND STABAT MATER
JACOBUS DE KERLE
MISSA REGINA CAELI
CANTORES IN ECCLESIA
Cantores in Ecclesia's most recent release (pictured above) 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 read David Stabler's December, 2013 review of Cantores' CD, which was featured as a selection for the Oregonian's "Top Gifts for Music Lovers: A&E Gift Guide of 2013," please click HERE.
CDs ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE AT:
Or by calling 503-295-2811. Copies can also be purchased at the receptions directly following the 7:30 P.M. Saturday Vigil Masses at St. Stephen's
MANY, MANY THANKS to all those who so generously gave "Christmas presents" to Cantores in Ecclesia during Advent and Christmastide.We are most grateful for the continuing financial support of our friends and benefactors.
Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 P.M.
SOLEMN LATIN MASS
Berkeley Missa Brevis
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Gregorian Chant Proper
ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH
1112 SE 41st Avenue
Fr. Jon Buffington, Celebrant