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Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter

Catalogue No:

CD717

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd March 2017

Barcode:

0658592071726

Length:

73 minutes

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Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter

Princess, Nun and Musician: Motets from a 16th century convent


1. Tribulationes civitatum audivimus

2. Suscipe verbum, virgo Maria

3. Haec dies quam fecit Dominus

4. Ego sum panis vitae

5. O salutaris hostia

6. Veni sponsa Christi

7. Salve sponsa Dei

8. Hodie Simon Petrus

9. Ave sanctissima Maria

10. Sicut lilium inter spinas

11. Angelus Domini descendit

12. Felix namque es

13. Angustiae mihi sunt

14. O beate Christi confessor

15. Iste est Joannes

16. Angeli archangeli troni


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Suor Leonora d’Este (1515–1575), Lucrezia Borgia’s daughter, was a princess, a nun, and a musician. She left little to illuminate her history, but an obscure book of motets may at least help us understand her musical life: the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata, published in Venice in 1543. The book is anonymous, but it contains clues to its origins that lead us to the door of Leonora d’Este’s home, the convent of Corpus Domini in Ferrara, perhaps even suggesting that she was its unidentified composer.

This music is the earliest published polyphony for nuns. This recording by Musica Secreta and Celestial Sirens allows it to be heard for the first time through carefully researched performances.

Anonymous: Musica quinque vocum (Attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Tribulationes civitatum audivimus [from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata] (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Suscipe verbum virgo Maria (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Haec dies (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Ego sum panis vitae (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

O Salutaris hostia (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Veni sponsa Christi (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Salve sponsa Dei (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Hodie Simon petrus (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Ave sanctissima Maria (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Sicut lilium (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Angelus Domini descendit (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Felix namque es sacra (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Angustie mihi sunt undique (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

O beate Christi confessor (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Iste est Johannes (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

Angeli, Archangeli, Troni (from the Musica quinque vocum motteta materna lingua vocata) (attrib. to Leonora d'Este)

The Guardian

10th March 2017

“The music – for five equal voices (of unspecified sex) – is astonishingly beautiful and yet strange, radical even...Often they seem closer to the music of our own times’ John Tavener than Palestrina: five voices weaving hypnotically around each other, pulling the listener in.”

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