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Christmas in the Vatican

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Christmas in the Vatican
Christmas in the Vatican


These rare recordings of music from the Vatican were made in 1973 and feature the Sistine Chapel Choirs and the Cappella Musicale Pontifica performing music by composers including Palestrina, J.S. Bach, and Corelli. The musical director is Domenico Bartolucci.

John XXIII took steps at the start of his Papacy to greatly improve the training of the boys' voices in the Sistine Chapel choir. The recordings collected on this CD document the result of this reform and show the choir under the direction of conductor-composer Domenico Bartolucci at a peak in its performance. The choir's duties include attendance at Papal masses and thus focus on the performance of liturgical music. Accordingly, the works of Palestrina are central to the programme of this unique disc.

Personnel: Coro della Cappella Sistina, Cappella Musicale Pontifica, Domenico Bartolucci (conductor), The Vatican Boys' Choir of the Sistine Chapel, Orchestra da Camera di Roma, Quinzio Petrocchi (conductor)


  1. Name
  2. PALESTRINA: Hodie Christus natus est
  3. MORALES: Pastores dicite
  4. J.S. BACH: In dulci jubilo
  5. PALESTRINA: Cantabo Domino
  6. Vo dilecti mei
  7. Improperium exspectavit
  8. Vulnerasti cor meum
  9. Páucitas diérum
  10. CORELLI: Concerto in G minor, op. 6, No. 8 (Christmas Concerto)
  11. PALESTRINA: Exaltabo te
  12. Dextera Domini
  13. Tota pulchra es
  14. MARENZIO: Innocentes pro Christo infantes
  15. ANON. (16th. Century): Sopra il fieno colcato
  16. Dio s'e fatto fanciullo
  17. ZIPOLI: Pastorale
  18. BARTOLUCCI: Christus natus est
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