- Simon Russell Beale
- Andy Robbins
- Helen Mansfield
Duration: 1 hour
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.