Striggio Mass in 40 Parts: “cheaper than therapy”

18

March
2011

Writer Jessica Duchen gets to the heart of why I Fagiolini‘s new recording, “Mass in 40 Parts” by Alessandro Striggio, is selling like hotcakes.

So we decide we like… Striggio? Yes, because this is music that evokes another world in sound, one that is calm, spiritual, balanced and drenched in Italian sunshine. It is not too complex harmonically and it’s probably only a matter of time before someone decides to dismiss it as aural wallpaper; still, it seems to be striking a chord with many, many listeners. The Mass’s companion pieces on the album are Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in allium and Striggio’s motet Ecce beatam lucem; and hearing so much vibrant music – sumptuous in texture yet remarkably pure-sounding – is cheaper than therapy and more soothing to a tired brain than Eminem.

Read more: Biggio time beckons for Striggio (Independent)

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