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CO 6110

Bartlomiej Pekiel - Ave Maria etc

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


The Sixteen


St Silas The Martyr, Kentish Town, London

October 2012


Raphael Mouterde


Andrew Mellor

Mike Hatch

Record Label
Coro Records


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 65:49
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1 Kyrie 3:20
2 Gloria 3:48
3 Resonet in laudibus 1:49
4 Dulcis amor Jesu 6:28
5 Magnum nomen Domini 1:49
6 Audite mortales 12:55
7 O adoranda Trinitas 2:55
8 Natiitas tua 4:06

Missa Concertata La Lombardesca

9 Kyrie 3:10
10 Gloria 5:01
11 Assumpta est Maria 2:42

Missa Concertata La Lombardesca

12 Credo 9:23
13 Ae Maria 3:21

Missa Concertata La Lombardesca

14 Sanctus 1:36
15 Benedictus 1:35
16 Agnus Dei 1:51

Coro CO 6110

Pekiel: Audite mortales; Missa concertata, etc. – The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan

Bartlomiej Pekiel was one of the most eminent Polish composers of choral music of the seventeenth century. He served at the court in Warsaw from around 1633 and was assistant to Marco Scacchi at the Chapel Royal in Warsaw before serving as Kapellmeister himself from 1645 to 1655 – the first non-Italian to hold the post. He then moved to Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, where he wrote for the Rorantist vocal ensemble.

Just twenty-nine of his compositions survive and on this new album by The Sixteen, directed by the Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, you will find eleven of his works for choir and orchestra, including the Missa concertata ‘La Lombardesca’, resplendent with double choir, violins, and trombones, and the extraordinary, dramatic sacred dialogue Audite mortales.

In this recording, dedicated solely to his works, Pekiel shows himself to be a skilled craftsman, mastering the techniques taught by the Italian maestri, but also imbuing his works with his own particular harmonic colour in all the varied styles which he adopts.

"... This program advances Pekiel’s multi-faceted musical personality more powerfully than ever before and is strongly recommended as an introduction to him. Dougan has been the assistant to The Sixteen’s founder and conductor Harry Christophers. Here he comes fully into his own, with a strong and imaginative musicality. If he is to replace Christophers, he will lead The Sixteen into a bold new path of his own. Vivid sound..."

John W Barker - American Record Guide - November/December 2013

 "... The Sixteen under Eamonn Dougan’s direction, is on characteristically strong form providing persuasive advocacy for this hitherto almost forgotten music."  ****

Nicholas Anderson - Early Music Today magazine - September - November 2013

"... The Sixteen, here numbering 17 singers plus a 13 member instrumental ensemble, turn in polished performances, clearly enjoying the many opportunities for the solo work with which Pekiel provides them. The acoustics of St Silas the Martyr in Kentish Town, London are surely ideal for this repertoire."

Ivan Moody - International Record Review - September 2013

                      Gramophone Vocal Choice 

"...This craftsman’s masterful music is presented here with an assured charisma by the mighty Sixteen  (expanded to 17 singers for the beautiful  extended dramatic scena Audite mortales - the undoubted highlight of the programme). Their associate conducttor, Eamonn Dougan, draws typically golden performances fromhis vocalists and mised instrumental ensemble... The dryish acoustic of St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, allows everything to be heard in clear relief. Sit back and relish this treasure trove which has clearly been prepared with passion."

Malcolm Riley - Gramophone magazine - September 2013

"This is one of a series of discs dedicated to the composers of the Polish Baroque. .. The variety of works here are a good example of his eclectic style ... the Sixteen (with instruments) perform it admirably." ***
Steven Ritter - - 8 August 2013

                            Music ****½ (Very Good /Excellent)       Sound **** (Very Good)

Reinmar Emans - Fono Forum magazine - September 2013

                   Performance ****      Recording *****

"... a delightful performance."

Anna Picard - BBC Music magazine - September 2013

"...The sound world, very loosely, brings to mind Monteverdi. The exciting dissonances and strange harmonic colours set Pekiel in a category of his own." 
The Observer

"Pekiel… emerges again – thanks to The Sixteen’s outstanding new disc – as a figure of polyphonic virtuosity."
The Sunday Telegraph (Seven Magazine)

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