Venere Lute Quartet | Palestrina's Lute

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Palestrina's Lute

by Venere Lute Quartet

Lutes were the most popular instrument from 1550-1625 and this group specializes in historically-informed arrangements of music for soprano, alto, tenor and bass lutes.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Missa Brevis: Kyrie
1:56 album only
2. Missa Brevis: Gloria
2:04 album only
3. Missa Brevis: Credo
4:02 album only
4. Missa Brevis: Sanctus
1:33 album only
5. Missa Brevis: Benedictus
1:18 album only
6. Missa Brevis: Hosanna
0:27 album only
7. Missa Brevis: Agnus I
1:31 album only
8. Missa Brevis: Agnus II
2:04 album only
9. Vestiva i colli
3:38 album only
10. Quae est ista quae progreditur
2:13 album only
11. O sol' incoronato
2:02 album only
12. Veni Sancte Spiritus
3:13 album only
13. Missa in Duplicibus Minoribus: Kyrie
3:24 album only
14. Amor, ben puoi tu ormai
2:12 album only
15. Vergine bella
3:59 album only
16. Cosi le chiome mie
5:34 album only
17. Cosi la fama scriva
1:48 album only
18. Vox dilecti mei
1:52 album only
19. La ver l'aurora
1:29 album only
20. Laeva ejus
2:04 album only
21. Lauda Sion salvatorem
2:12 album only
22. Sicut cervus
2:26 album only


Album Notes
Palestrina’s Lute is a program of music by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina (1525/26 - 1594), one of the most celebrated composers of all time. The creation of this concert program was inspired by the recent discovery that Palestrina was himself a lutenist and actually used the lute when composing his vocal music. Members of the Venere Lute Quartet have taken Palestrina's finest pieces in a variety of genres including his masses, spiritual madrigals, polychoral motets and arranged them for lute quartet. Anchored by the complete Missa Brevis and selections from the Song of Songs, this program is a monument both to Palestrina's sublime genius and the magic of the lute ensemble sound.

"...delicate, tactile arragements or Palestrina movements and motets."
Allan Koznin, New York Times

"A quartet of lutes opens up a host of exciting possibilities for harmony, intricate rhythms, counterpoint and syncopation..."
Beth Adelma, Early Music America

The Venere Lute Quartet is named after the Italian Renaissance luthier Vendelio Venere, who (like Stradivarius) was regarded among the finest luthiers of his age. The exquisitely crafted "family" of Renaissance lutes on which the Quartet performs are all strung in gut and are modeled after instruments from Venere's workshop by luthiers Grant Tomlinson, Joel van Lennep, and Lawrence K. Brown. Sized according to Pythagorean proportions, instrument makers and musicians of the Renaissance were highly influenced by the ideas attributed to Pythagoras and the belief that the "symphony" of sounding numbers in music expressed the orderly workings of the universe. Indeed, for many humanists of the Renaissance, the harmony of the universe was most clearly revealed in the well-tuned, well-played strings o



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John O'Connor

Another excellent reading of medieval and renaissance music
This CD is at least as good as the first one. This CD is completely the music of Palestrina, emphasizing his choral works arranged for lute quartet. The balance, technical proficiency and musicianship so evident in the first CD are even more evident here. I would love for this quartet to devote a CD to the music of Heinrich Schuta now. This, like the last CD, is an excellent buy

Tamara at CD Baby

Specializing in historically-informed adaptations of Renaissance music, in this case, that of Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594), the Venere Lute Quartet delightfully showcases some of the finest works of this heralded composer. Made up of soprano, alto, tenor and bass lutes, the ensemble’s members arranged noteworthy works, including his masses, spiritual madrigals, and polychoral motets, to suit and feature their artistic teamwork and elegant contrapuntal conversation. Remaining true to the spirit and intention of the originals, the generous twenty-two tracks of Palestrina’s Lute largely center around the Missa Brevis and selections from the Song of Songs, delivering a notable and fresh approach to truly timeless compositions.

Joel Bruce Wallach

Pleasing and centering lute harmonies, suitable for conscious, attentive listening, and for elegant background music.


... just close your eyes and listen or as a background to doing something creative ... everyone could use a bit more of this ...