Palestrina's Perfect Art

with Stile Antico

This concert has ended.
February 07 – 08, 2020
Washington National Cathedral

The great nave of Washington National Cathedral is the perfect setting for the transcendent vocal counterpoint of the late Italian Renaissance. Famously represented by the works Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, this era is rich in music composed by women. These concerts shine light on this worthy repertoire with music by Raffaella Aleotti, Maddalena Casulana, Suplitia Cesis, and Leonora d'Este. Heavenly voices offer sacred motets, instruments perform canzone and diminutions, and all join forces for the sonorous polychoral works from the 17th century. With the Renaissance brass instruments of Tesserae Baroque and featuring British vocal ensemble Stile Antico.

This concert runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

The following playlist offers a preview of the music on the program. Folger Consort arrangements heard in concert will vary from these recordings.



Settings by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Regina coeli Stabat Mater Vestiva i colli

Sacred vocal music by Raffaella Aleotti: Exaudi Deus orationem meam Angelus ad pastores ait Sancta et immaculata virginatas

Vocal music by Maddalena Casulana: O notte, O ciel, O mar Vagh' amorosi augelli

Sacred vocal music by Sulpitia Cesis: Ascendo ad Patrem Cantemus Domino

Vocal music attributed to Leonora d'Este, daughter of Lucrezia Borgia: Veni sponsa Christi O salutaris hostia Sicut lilium inter spinas

Instrumental canzone by Francesco Cavalli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Merulo, and Lodovico Grossi da Viadana

Dimunitions on Palestrina settings by Francesco Rognoni (Pulchra es amica mea) and Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde (Vestiva i colli)

Ave maris stella from Claudio Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Virgine