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Palestrina and the Popes

Sacred Music, Series 1 Episode 2 of 4

Documentary series in which actor and former chorister Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music.

He uncovers the links between the papal intrigues of Renaissance Rome and the music of the enigmatic Palestrina, whose work is considered by many to be unsurpassed in its spiritual perfection. The art and architecture of the Italian High Renaissance are accompanied by a performance from the award-winning choir The Sixteen, conducted by founder Harry Christophers.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 1 Apr 2011 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterSimon Russell Beale
ProducerAndy Robbins
ProducerHelen Mansfield