Cantate Domino


It is published the first recording ever made in the Sistine Chapel with the record debut of the Sistine Chapel Choir - the oldest choir in the world. The disc "Cantate Domino" is published worldwide the 25 September 2015.

For the first time in history, the Vatican has opened the doors of the iconic Sistine Chapel for a recording studio with the Sistine Chapel Choir, the oldest choir in the world. The new album, Cantate Domino, which is a real milestone, captures the sounds of this extraordinary acoustics, with music performed by the choir of the pope himself. It will be published in German Grammophon he 25 of September.

The disc, which it has been realized thanks to special permission from the Vatican, It has written for the Sistine Chapel Choir music Palestrina, Jeffries Y Victoria during the Renaissance. There are also two pieces of Gregorian chant, world record paths besides first of the original version of the legendary Allegri Miserere (Sistine Codex 1661) Nunc dimittis and a Palestrina attributed to that still used during papal celebrations. Cantate Domino offers listeners the opportunity to hear these pieces as conceived by the composers: in Latin and in the context for which they were originally written.

In order to capture the magic, the mystery and beauty of this centuries-old music in such a unique setting, Deutsche Grammophon set up a studio specially built for the occasion inside the Chapel. The mixer was placed in an antechamber, next to the "Sala del Pianto" (where the newly elected pope gets his first papal attire). The producer nominated several times for a Grammy, Anna Barry, He described as "overwhelming privilege" to be among the frescoes Miguel Angel in the building that houses the papal conclaves. A recording sessions attended by dignitaries from the world of music and the Vatican, as Bartoli, Roberto Gabbiani and the Section for Relations with States of the Vatican.

The Sistine Chapel Choir consists of twenty thirty singers and choristers adult children. Among the singers baritone Mark Spyropoulos is, which it is the first British choir member full-time. The choir is directed by Massimo Palombella, who it was elected five years ago for the position by Pope Benedict. "The music that we recorded was created for papal celebrations in the Sistine Chapel and composers who wrote specifically for the choir of the Sistine Chapel", said Monsignor Palombella. "The Sistine Chapel was consecrated in 1483 and it has since been the seat of the papal choir. After an intense period of study and research of sacred music in the Renaissance and its aesthetic relevance, we have reached the time of the first commercial recording, in this extraordinary building and with this prestigious label. I hope that these masterpieces excited to millions of listeners around the world and connect them with historical culture and profound spirituality of the Catholic Church ".

"This extraordinary choir, who has served successive popes since the first centuries of Christianity, He has never previously made a commercial recording at its headquarters ", he claimed Mark Wilkinson, presidente de German Grammophon. "This very special album has the power, the beauty and excellence of having a truly global audience, and an audience beyond the confines and the traditional boundaries of classical music ".

Cantate Domino will be officially published in September during a press conference to be held in the Vatican City, shortly before the historic first visit of Pope Francis to the United States. His Holiness will receive the first copy of the disc.

Cantate Domino publishing is a prelude to the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, A Holy Year declared by Pope Francisco that begins in December. During the last Holy Year in 2000, twenty-five million pilgrims visited Rome and the Vatican.