Josquin Ave Maria, virgo serena
Palestrina Missa brevis
Victoria and Byrd O magnum mysterium Guerrero and Palestrina Alma Redemptoris Mater Gibbons First Service Magnificat and Nunc dimittis Peñalosa and Byrd Ave verum corpus Croce and Victoria O vos omnes Byrd and Palestrina Hodie Christus natus est * From Josquin's exquisite Ave Maria, the first piece in Petrucci's first printed
edition of Renaissance music, to Byrd's brilliant Hodie Christus natus est, every work on this program is a deservedly famous masterpiece.
- Palestrina's serene Missa brevis is one of the best-known Masses ever composed.
- Victoria's and Byrd's settings of O magnum mysterium, and Victoria's and Croce's settings of O vos omnes, stand at the head of all settings of their texts.