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19.12.2021 16:00 (CET)

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Veni Domine – Advent & Christmas at the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel Choir and its director Massimo Palombella presents medieval plainchant and masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony written for the liturgical period of Advent and Christmas. Performing in the unique acoustic of the Sistine Chapel, the world’s longest-established choir brings a selection of beautiful works by composers such as Palestrina, Nanino, Marenzio, Victoria and Allegri, including several world premiere recordings.

Unearthed from previously little-explored original sources, its programme of medieval and Renaissance pieces offers an entirely new perspective on the Christmas celebrations. This contemplative yet sophisticated vocal repertoire highlights the wonder of the Nativity, bringing the Biblical-liturgical texts of this special time of year vividly to life.

The Sistine Chapel Choir is the world’s oldest choral institution, with evidence of some form of papal vocal ensemble dating back to the early days of Christianity. It continues to provide the music for all papal liturgical celebrations today, its unique sound resulting from the fact that each vocal group within the choir is made up of both boy choristers and adult singers.

“Veni Domine” was recorded in the Sistine Chapel in 2017 and released as an audio album by Deutsche Grammophon the same year.


  • Gregorian Chant- Introit: Gaudete in Domino semper
  • Gregorian Chant / polyphonic parts:  Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474) – Hymn: Conditor alme siderum
  • Josquin Desprez (c 1455–1521) – Motet: Missus est Gabriel
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c 1525–1594) – Motet: Canite tuba in Sion – Rorate, caeli, desuper
  • Giovanni Maria Nanino (c 1543–1607) – Motet: Hodie nobis caelorum Rex – Gloria in excelsis Deo
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Motet: Hodie Christus natus est
  • Jean Mouton (c 1459–1522) – Motet: Quaeramus cum pastoribus
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611) – Motet: Quem vidistis, pastores? – Dicite, quidnam vidistis?
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Motet: Dies sanctificatus illuxit nobis
  • Gregorio Allegri (1582–1652) – Nasceris, alme puer
  • Gregorian Chant / polyphonic parts:  Luca Marenzio (c 1553–1599) – Hymn: Christe, Redemptor omnium
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria – O magnum mysterium
  • Jacob Clemens non Papa (c 1510–c 1556) – Motet: Magi veniunt ab oriente – Magi, videntes stellam
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Offertory: Reges Tharsis et insulae
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Offertory: Diffusa est gratia

Sistine Chapel Choir
Massimo Palombella

DG Stage