Uplifting music for tough times: Striggio's long lost mass found

A 16th century Mass has hit the charts...and if you hear only a piece of it you will understand why.

UK Independent has the story
Spiritual music for tough times
"It's not the first thing you'd expect to see in the pop charts alongside Bon Jovi and Duffy: a choral work in 40 parts by a composer little recognised beyond the ivory towers of early music. Yet the world premiere recording of the Mass Ecco sì beato giorno, written in 1566 by the Italian composer Alessandro Striggio (c1536-1592) but long thought lost, has rocketed up the sales ratings since its release earlier this month. It was the No 1 classical download on iTunes and it has reached No 68 on the pop charts." [more at link]