Palestrina Offertoria Discography

Compiled by Jerome F. Weber

Palestrina published 68 offertories for the whole liturgical year in 1593, the year before he died. They are regarded as exceptional gems, recorded as early as 1924, but twenty offertories still remain unrecorded. The works are alphabetized, numbered in the order of original publication, and the location of each offertory in the Liber Usualis is given. A detailed study of these offertories is Harold S. Powers, “Modal representation in polyphonic offertories,” Early Music History, 2 (1982), 453-86.

The data have been compiled from the records and other sources. The World’s Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music and The Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia of Recorded Music identified the early recordings. Michael Gray’s website, Classical-discography.org, has provided additional details. Some recordings of Super flumina Babylonis and Tu es Petrus are omitted here because they have not been distinguished from motets using the same text incipit. A few uncertain identifications are marked (?).

The recordings of each work are arranged chronologically, citing conductor, ensemble, date of recording if known, and timing if available; then the format of the recording (ac, 78, 45, 33, LP, MC, CD, SACD), the label, the issue number(s) and titles of collections.

Additions and corrections may be conveyed to the compiler for inclusion in a revised version of the work. Go to Chantdiscography.com and click on ‘contact us’. A scan of a CD booklet that provides needed data would be invaluable.

PMMS Palestrina Offertories

March 2019

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