PALESTRINA Giovanni Pierluigi da - Missa Papae Marcelli
Motets for Ascension Day:
Omnes gentes – Jesu nostra redemptio – Viri Galilaei, Ascendit Deus – Beati omnes – Caro meo – Coenantibus illis
Wilfried Rombach, direction
The question of "codification" is a fundamental problem when it comes to the interpretation of Renaissance music. Should the parts notated in the old clefs be taken literally, or is it necessary or indeed essential to transpose from extreme registers? Regardless of any fundamental musicological discussion, there are tangible, audible effects.
On Wilfried Rombach's recording of Palestrina's famous Missa Papæ Marcelli featuring the ensemble officium, those parts of the mass where the soprano part constantly went into extreme registers now sound much more rounded and unfold in a serene manner. The CD's repertoire is complemented by large-scale motets for between five and twelve parts for Ascension Day.
“Although the Tallis Scholars remain the world's premier Palestrina performers, if forced to make such comparisons I'd without reservation say that Ensemble Officium is very close behind. I look forward to hearing more – much more – from this excellent group.” (David Vernier, Classicstoday)