About the composer
Felice Anerio was born in 1560 in Rome. He began his career in 1568 as a choirboy at S. Maria Maggiore. He sang under Palestrina in the Cappella Giulia (Rome, S. Peter) from 1575 to 1579. He composed madrigals, both secular and sacred and music for the Liturgy. The great achievement of his life was his appointment as official Papal composer, on 3rd April 1594, on the death of Palestrina (Palestrina had held the post since 1565). Anerio held the post till he died in 1614.
About the Stabat Mater
Three mixed choirs (12 voices)
The Stabat Mater a 12 (for three choirs) passed for a long time as Palestrina's work. It is the first recording of this Stabat Mater. Anerio was on the list of Stabat Mater composers (not released on CD) for a long time. Now there is this beautiful performance by The Sixteen. The work is divided in two parts.
From the CD box: Felice Anerio displays a fluid mastery of the Roman style of composition, and some of his surviving settings are shown to advantage here, in particular his glorious twelve-part setting of Stabat Mater, more ambitious and possibly more beautiful than those by Palestrina and Lassus.
The "Analecta" version of the text is used.
Information about the recording
|CD:||Music from the Sistine Chapel, COR16047|
I bought it on the Internet in March 2007. The CD includes several world premiere recordings.
Felice Anerio: Ave Regina caelorum, Regina caeli laetare, Magnificat secundi toni a 8.
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Ascendit Deus, Ave Maria, Angelus Domini, Assumpta est Maria.
|Code:||June 2007-ANE 01 (215)|