Gregorio Allegri: Miserere

Gregorio Allegri
1582 - 1652

Read about Gregorio Allegri in Wikipedia.        

A brief biography in Classical Net with a link to a discussion of Mozart and the Miserere Mei Deus.

Click for the text and English translation of Miserere mei Deus.

Dave Lamson of Classical Net praises the performances of the Miserere by The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and by the Ensemble A Sei Voci with its two versions, one with baroque ornamentation and the other the traditional simple version.  

Performance by The Sixteen, Harry Christophers conducting. [listen]

Performances by The Tallis ScholarsPeter Phillips, conducting:

     Merton College, Oxford, performance (1980) 

     Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Palestrina's
     400th anniversary (1994)  [YouTube]

     2007 recording [listen]  

Performances by the ensemble A Sei Voci, Bernard Fabre-Garrus conducting: 

    Version with baroque ornamentation
    reconstructed by Jean Lionnet  [NML] (info) 

    Simple version   [NML] (info) [Grooveshare]


Performance, edited by Hugh Keyte, of the Taverner Consort, the Taverner Choir, Andrew Parrott conducting [listen]

Performance by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Roy Goodman, treble, Sir David Willcocks conducting (1963) [YouTube: Part 1, Part 2]

Performance by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow conducting. [NML] (info)

Performance, edited by John Rutter, by the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge; Julius Foo; Peter Hicks; Thomas Mullock, treble; Leo Tomita, counter-tenor; Tristan Hambleton; Basil McDonald, bass; Andrew Nethsingha conducting [NML] (info)


A lengthy discussion of how Allegri's Miserere Mei reached the public: Allegri's Miserere: A Quest for the Holy Grail? By Ben Byram-Wigfield. (Make sure that you adjust the size of your Adobe reader to 100% for comfortable reading.)