Reviews

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St Michael’s, Dún Laoghaire
The country’s longest-running annual season of organ recitals maintain[ed] the usual mix of high-calibre Irish and international artists … the Palestrina Choir was in fine fettle for the plainchant Veni Creator Spiritus (sung in brisk procession) and two motets — Palestrina’s Loquebantur variis linguis and Victoria’s Dum complerentur.

Blánaid Murphy’s direction brought a feeling of relaxed efficiency to the polyphony…

ANDREW JOHNSTONE
Irish Times, June 12 2007

Finzi and Britten
Finzi’s Wordsworth setting, Intimations of Immortality and Britten’s celebration of the end of winter, the Spring Symphony – present considerable challenges to a choir, being unfamiliar and hard to learn. These were not issues for the young choristers of the Palestrina Choir, whose singing was technically disciplined as well as pure and spirited.

MICHAEL DUNGAN
Irish Times, April 16, 2008

J S Bach – Cantatas
The Palestrina Choir … resident ensemble at the Pro-Cathedral … might not place Lutheran sacred music among its core activities but its considerable experience with Latin polyphony contributed to confident handling of Bach’s complex counterpoint.

…the choir’s abundant sound brimmed with breezy enthusiasm.

Conductor Blánaid Murphy … realised images of busy and crisply urgent celebration.

ANDREW JOHNTONE
Irish Times, February 12, 2008

Christmas with the Palestrina Choir
Blánaid Murphy – director
****
A lovely mix of boys’ voices arrives from Dublin with a repertoire that runs from the Vulgate to Benjamin Britten. If the Wexford Carol is one of your seasonal ‘faves’, you will never hear it more authentically sung; the young soloists here are unexpectedly characterful. The sound, in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, is of spine-tingling veracity.
Not easy to find in shops, so buy from the website.

NORMAN LEBRECHT
Evening Standard, December 3 2008

 

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