De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem

  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse

Produced by Adrian Peacock

Released by Naxos

  • Recorded at Tonbridge School Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent, UK
  • From 21st to 23rd February, 2014


“I fancy this disc may be just about the best thing they’ve ever done.”
Musicweb International
“The work, one of beauty and ethereal tranquility, is here given a performance that goes to the top of my recommended recordings.”
David Denton, David’s Review Corner
“There is first rate singing here with so many textures emerging… This is a terrific disc.”
The Classical Reviewer

De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem

These three pairs of sublime choral settings span well over 350 years. The earliest is Allegri’s Miserere, a work considered so precious it was kept secret until Mozart heard it and famously transcribed it from memory. James MacMillan’s 21st century companion piece is a transcendent reply to this challenge from history. Malipiero’s and Pizzetti’s resumption of a fractured friendship resulted in their mutually dedicated but differing settings of De profundis. Puccini’s brief but exquisite Requiem commemorated the death of Verdi, while Pizzetti, a late admirer of Puccini, revealed his empathy with vocal polyphony in a full setting of the Requiem Mass.

track listing

Total Time 70.00

* World Premiere

No. Composer Title
1. Ildebrando Pizzetti De profundis
2. *Gian Francesco Malipiero De profundis
3. Gregorio Allegri Miserere
4. James MacMillan Miserere
5. Giacomo Puccini Requiem
6-10. Ildebrando Pizzetti Messa di Requiem

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