Guerrero, Francisco: Maria Magdalena et altera Maria

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Alonso Lobo: Lamentations

Alonso Lobo: Lamentations

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Guerrero, Francisco:

Maria Magdalena et altera Maria

Lobo, A:

Lamentations

Regina caeli, laetare

O quam suavis est, Domine

Missa Maria Magdalene


Alonso Lobo may be remembered principally for the great funerary motet Versa est in luctum, but his setting of the biblical Lamentations must also be counted among the masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony. No choir has a more distinguished tradition in such music than Westminster Cathedral Choir.

“Westminster Cathedral Choir is at its best in the large-scale drama of the Credo of the Mass…though they discover a truly moving spaciousness in O quam suavis est…overall, a convincing introduction to a neglected composer” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016 ***

“Nothing will prepare listeners for the beauty of Lobo’s Lamentations…this, for me, is as good as it gets both in terms of performance and in terms of a school of polyphony beyond the works of Victoria” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

“rich and expressive accounts here by Westminster Cathedral Choir, with baritones and basses in particularly sonorous form.” The Observer, 5th June 2016 ****

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Guerrero: Missa Congratulamini mihi

Guerrero: Missa Congratulamini mihi

and other works


Crecquillon:

Congratulamini mihi

Guerrero, Francisco:

Missa Congratulamini mihi

Dum esset rex

Maria Magdalena et altera Maria

Post dies octo

Regina caeli a 4

Ave Maria

Regina caeli a 8


The award-winning Cardinall’s Musick have finally completed their Byrd series, and now look outside the British isles to a composer who had to wait for a long time for his genius to be fully recognised, although he was well known to his contemporaries, and produced a considerable output. Guerrero was born in 1528 in Seville, the city that was to remain at the centre of his entire life. His early training came from his brother Pedro and it is thought that he was a chorister at the magnificent Cathedral in Seville with its sumptuous music foundation. Guerrero himself states that he studied with Morales, and it was Morales who recommended the young musician for the post of maestro de capilla at Jaén Cathedral in 1546 – a short-lived appointment.

The main work on this disc is the gloriously sunny and joyful Missa Congratulamini mihi. Based on an Easter motet by Crecquillon (also recorded here), it is full of the voluptuous exuberance of the Paschal season. The five-part texture, with two treble parts, adds to the shining sound.

Also included are a number of Easter motets. Maria Magdalena et altera Maria and Post dies octo are highly descriptive, narrative works, highly contrasted in mood and texture. The four other pieces on this disc show various facets of Guerrero’s mastery. Dum esset rex (in honour of Mary Magdalene) is similar to a spiritual madrigal whilst the eight-part Ave Maria is a sonorous double-choir plea to the Virgin. The two settings of Regina caeli (the Marian antiphon to be sung during Eastertide) both use a plainsong cantus firmus as their starting point. The older sounding, four-part version uses a minor-mode motif whilst the eight-part setting uses the more traditional plainsong melody woven into an exuberant and joyful Easter statement.

“All are delivered with the combination of superb ensemble, and perfectly characterised vocal lines that is the persistent hallmark of this outstanding group; the sound is rich, full and gently resonant.” The Guardian, 6th August 2010 ****

“[Cardinall's Musick] encounters little difficulty in these well-written pieces...the singers are at their balanced best in Guerrero's Ave Maria for double choir, and their confident, perky attack on the rollicking Osanna of the Congratulamini Mass is delightful.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

“Carwood has nurtured the group to its current status as a leading exponent of Renaissance music, retaining the essential quality of individual vocal timbres that contribute to a refined, characterful mix and with a polish that is second to none...the entire disc, with various shorter pieces as complements, is captivating in its fluency and expressive power.” The Telegraph, 13th August 2010 *****

“This latest addition to Guerrero's discography is especially to be welcomed for his fine Mass on a motet by Thomas Crecquillon...Like its model it is a joyful, extrovert piece, to which Andrew Carwood's singers respond with an equal measure of buoyancy and vigour.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Early Music

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2010

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Los Ministriles: Spanish Renaissance Wind Music

Los Ministriles: Spanish Renaissance Wind Music


anon.:

Chacona ytaliana: 'Sencilla pastora'

Gayta

Alli in Midbar

Propinán de Melyor

Ay Jhesús, qué mal frayle!

Yntolerable rrayo!

Villano

Paradetas

Baile a finale

Aranés:

Chacona: 'Una sarao de la chacona'

Dalza:

Calata ala Spagnola

Encina:

Si habrá en este baldrés?

Fernandes, G:

Pois con tanta graca

Flecha I:

Ensalada 'La guerra'

Guerrero, Francisco:

Maria Magdalena et altera Maria

Huyd, huyd, o ciegos amadores

Ojos claros y serenos

Joao IV:

Crux fidelis

Mondéjar:

Sospiros, pues que descansa

Mudarra:

Recuerde el alma dormida

Narvaez:

Fantasía del cuarto tono

Ortega:

Puesque me tienes, Miguel

Rimonte:

De la piel de sus ovejas

Tavares, M:

Parce mihi

Torre, F:

Adoramus te, Senor


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