Lobo, A: Versa est in luctum

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Requiem - Music for All Souls & All Saints

Requiem - Music for All Souls & All Saints


Bainton, E:

And I saw a new heaven

Bullock:

Give us the wings of faith

Byrd:

Justorum animae

Dering:

Factum est silentium

Leighton:

Give me the wings of faith

Lobo, A:

Versa est in luctum

Stanford:

Justorum animae, Op. 38 No. 1

Victoria:

O quam gloriosum, motet

Requiem 1605 'Officium defunctorum'

Taedet animam meam

Missa pro Defunctis (Introitus)

Libera me Domine

Officium Defunctorum


Matthew Jorysz, Peter Harrison (organ)

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross

Graham Ross directs The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge in a programme of English and Spanish music for the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, culminating in Tomás Luis de Victoria’s six-part 1605 'Requiem'. It has been seen by many as a Requiem for an Age - the end of Spain's golden century, the end of Renaissance music, and indeed, the end of Victoria's own life - it was his last published work before his death in 1611.

Like it's predecessors in this Clare College, Cambridge series based on the major festivals in the Anglican calendar this volume is produced, engineered and edited by John Rutter and is accompanied by an excellent booklet note by Graham Ross.

“This new anthology from that ever-improving and most elegant of mixed Oxbridge choirs, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge … all the pieces on this disc are performed with Clare’s customary accomplishment and minute attention to musical detail, with the early-20th-century English works – larger-scale standard repertoire by Bullock, Leighton and Bainton – the most successful.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

“In Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum the Choir of Clare College, conducted by Graham Ross, summons all its eloquence for a masterpiece of the genre.” Financial Times, 2nd November 2015

“I’d be quite happy to take this mixed-voice non-professional performance to my putative Desert Island … The programme works surprisingly well as a whole and the more recent English works come over well indeed.” MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2015

“a marvellously sustained and thought-through performance by the Clare College students...Careful but unobtrusive detail is paid to dynamic detail...a firm, enthusiastic recommendation.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 ****

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Flight of Angels

Flight of Angels


Guerrero, Francisco:

Duo Seraphim

Missa Surge propera: Gloria

Laudate Dominum

Maria Magdalene

Missa de la batalla escoutez: Credo

Vexilla Regis

Missa Congratulamini mihi: Agnus Dei I

Missa Congratulamini mihi: Agnus Dei II

Lobo, A:

Missa Maria Magdalene: Kyrie

Libera me

Ave Regina caelorum

Ave Maria

Versa est in luctum


Harry Christophers talks to Presto's David Smith about Flight of Angels here.

The Sixteen takes a trip back to 16th-century Spain and more specifically to one of the biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan cities on earth - Seville. It was during this 'golden age', when arts and culture flourished, that Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo made their mark. Between them these two composers captured an astonishing variety of moods within their music, from ecstasy and joy to despair, longing and devotional stillness.

“Christophers has devised a sequence that weaves together strikingly beautiful liturgical settings by both composers...The Sixteen performances may be a little detached and disembodied at times, but the poised beauty of their singing never fails.” The Guardian, 27th March 2015 ****

“Most of the music is written for at least six voices (usually more), a richness of texture to which The Sixteen respond admirably: the textures remain lucid and legible throughout.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

“As so often Christophers and the Sixteen prove to be the most persuasive advocates imaginable…[and]a commendably helpful essay by Martyn Imrie sets the seal on an outstanding release, beautifully recorded and scintillatingly sung. Vivant Sedecim!” Early Music Today, May 2015

“this programme…offers much warmth and richness of recorded sound” Choir & Organ, May 2015

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From the Imperial Court

From the Imperial Court

Music for the House of Hapsburg


Clemens:

Carole magnus eras

Crecquillon:

Andreas Christi famulus

Despres:

Mille Regretz

Gombert:

Magnificat I

Mille regretz

Isaac:

Missa 'Virgo prudentissima'

Lobo, A:

Versa est in luctum

Morales, C:

Jubilate deo (1538)

Rue, P:

Absalon fili mi

Senfl:

Quis dabit oculis

Tallis:

Loquebantur variis linguis


Soprano and founder-member Kate Ashby talks to Presto's David Smith about From the Imperial Court here.

One of Europe’s most extraordinary ruling dynasties, the Hapsburgs ruled greater or lesser portions of Europe from the 11th century until 1918, their heyday coinciding with the supreme musical flourishing of the 16th century. Their rule saw a particular increase during the reign of Maximilian I, secured first by his marriage to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 and then by the union of their son Philip ‘the Handsome’ with Joanna ‘the Mad’ of Castille. Thus his grandson Charles V essentially ruled Spain, Germany, Austria, Burgundy and the Low Countries, before he in turn divided his territories between his son Philip II and his brother Ferdinand of Austria in 1555-6. As these successive generations enlarged their power and territory, they gathered around themselves the leading composers of the day. Stile Antico present music closely associated with Maximilian I, Charles V and Philip II in this programme of sumptuous works by Thomas Tallis and the finest Spanish and Flemish polyphonists of the 15th & 16th centuries.

“The young British ensemble Stile Antico sing exquisitely” Sunday Times, 14th September 2014

“The antique style of the conductorless choir Stile Antico is now familiar: impeccably tuned, carefully moulded, beautifully presented singing of intelligently planned anthologies...there is marvellously varied and powerful music here – more so than the rather uniform declamation suggests.” The Observer, 14th September 2014 ***

“Stile Antico reinforce their already formidable reputation: intonation and balance are always flawless; the sound of the voices is glorious, precise and absolutely crystal-clear; the music always moves along effortlessly with well-judged moments of pressure and relaxation, despite their having no conductor.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

“Superbly recorded, it is a masterclass in outstanding breadth of interpretation, balance and total teamwork … the group’s ‘worker’s co-operative’ ethos continues to reap dividends with, on this occasion, results almost approaching perfection.” Choir & Organ, November 2014

“[a] well-chosen and beautifully recorded anthology of music for the Hapsburg court … The programme is extremely well conceived, and the booklet beautifully presented.” International Record Review, December 2014

“a welcome return for Stile Antico to this continental repertoire … if this is the music of melancholy, who needs to be happy?” Early Music Today, December 2014

“exciting and beautiful … Not only are the performances magically blended, but the recording captures this beautifully and weaves a web of sound around the listener, whether it’s in stereo or surround. In short, very good indeed.” MusicWeb International, 3rd February 2015

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From Spain to Eternity - The Sacred Polyphony of El Greco's Toledo

From Spain to Eternity - The Sacred Polyphony of El Greco's Toledo


Guerrero, Francisco:

Motete Prudentes virgines, a 5

Lobo, A:

Versa est in luctum

Missa Prudentes virgines, a 5

Ave Regina caelorum

Morales, C:

Clamabat autem mulier Chananea

Quanti mercenarii

Tejeda:

Miserere mei, Deus


Ensemble Plus Ultra

In 2011 DG released a spectacular 10-CD anthology on Archiv Produktion with Ensemble Plus Ultra (EPU), “the finest British early music singers” (Early Music Today), commemorating the 400th anniversary of Tomas de Victoria’s death. This box sold about 6.100 units worldwide and won a Gramophone award.

Now the award winning ensemble is back with a major recording project to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco in 2014 – composers including Cristobal de Morales, Alonso Lobo and Alonso de Tejeda were prolific in Toledo during the 37 years El Greco lived and worked there, and much of this music certainly inspired his painting.

Morales is THE Spanish composer of the Renaissance. Morales – Kapellmeister at the cathedral in Toledo, but also in Italian cities – is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria. Almost all of his music is sacred, and all of it is vocal.

Pieces by Lobo and Tejeda make a wonderful conclusion to the disc – all in all a varied program, and encompassing three composers from Toledo during the time of El Greco.

“The effect is still opulent: texts are painted witha vivid dynamic range and (dare I say it?) the occasional expressive vibrato...The results - intimate yet intense - are a fitting reflection of Counter-Reformation ethos, epitomised in the turbulent works of El Greco.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 *****

“Ensemble Plus Ultra presents another fine programme of Spanish renaissance polyphony best described as somewhere between transcendental and ethereal. Singing with just one voice per part, the ensemble creates a rich, blended sound spiced with crystal clear diction.” Early Music Today

“Morales, in particular, is a composer whose music is always worth hearing...here he brings out the best in Plus Ultra.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“It's a nicely conceived sequence, even if the connections with El Greco sometimes seem a bit contrived, and is performed by the seven members of Ensemble Plus Ultra with great care and refinement, though sometimes with a bit too much English reserve for my taste.” The Guardian, 24th July 2014 ***

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Baroque Music from Latin America: New World Symphonies

Baroque Music from Latin America: New World Symphonies

From Araujo to Zipoli: an A to Z of Latin American Baroque Music


anon.:

Hanaq pachap kusikuynin

Qhapaq eterno Dios

Araujo, J de:

Ut queant laxis

Los coflades de la estleya

Fernandes, G:

Xicochi conetzintle

Franco, H:

Salve Regina

Lobo, A:

Versa est in luctum

Padilla, J G:

Missa Ego flos campi

Zéspedes:

Convidando esta la noche

Zipoli:

Missa San Ignacio


“This is one of the most eye-opening CDs—or should I say ear-opening— that I have heard this year. What a magical concoction of sounds—and what brilliant playing!” Classic FM Magazine

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Santiago a cappella

Santiago a cappella

Recording location: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London


 

Mariam Matrem Virginem

Llibre vermell de Montserrat

Cardoso, M:

Non mortui

Guerrero, Francisco:

Ave Virgo sanctissima

Duo Seraphim

Joao IV:

Crux fidelis

Lobo, A:

Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae

Versa est in luctum

Rogier:

Salva Nos. Domine

Victoria:

O lux et decus Hispaniae

O vos omnes


Soli Deo Gloria is proud to release a sequel to its best selling album to date, Pilgrimage to Santiago (SDG701).

This CD is a journey through medieval and renaissance Spain. It takes listeners from the 14th century polyphonies of the Llibre Vermell (Red Book) of Montserrat – one of the only surviving manuscripts, from a time when music was transmitted orally – to elaborate 16th and 17th century choral music which travelled internationally thanks to the recent invention of print.

During the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods, pilgrimage routes formed part of a broader network of cultural and commercial connections between ecclesiastical institutions in Spain, Portugal and the rest of Europe.

This is an anthology of Golden Age “classics” which would have been performed throughout Europe for centuries. In turn moving, intimate, spectacular and awe inspiring, this sacred music is always uplifting and deeply spiritual.

This is the oldest of two recordings made around the 2004 Pilgrimage to Santiago – a project undertook by the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner for their 40th anniversary. The musicians travelled through France and Spain to perform sacred polyphonies of the Iberian peninsula along the route to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.

The CD features the same luxurious packaging as Pilgrimage to Santiago. It includes detailed notes by musicologist Tess Knighton.

This album was previously released internationally by Universal Spain under the title Santiago A Capella.

“Originally released by Universal in 2005, this features a series of sublime interpretations of Spanish polyphony by the Monteverdi Choir...[Lobo's] "Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae" furnishing the centrepiece, its arching long phrases like the vertiginous vaulting of a sonic cathedral.” The Independent, 8th October 2010 ****

“Prolonged exposure to the solemn polyphony of Victoria, Lobo and Cardoso can be wearing, but it is relieved by more dramatic works from Guerrero. The choir makes a glorious sound.” The Telegraph, 15th October 2010 ****

“...it is a beautifully planned and executed selection, occasionally a little too English perhaps, but recorded at Temple Church in London with just the right amount of warm resonance.” The Guardian, 21st October 2010 ****

“A wonderful collection brilliantly sung. Only Mariam Matrem is a true pilgrim piece, but others (Lobo's Versa est) are a revelation.” BBC Music Magazine

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30th August 2010

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A Cosmography of Polyphony

A Cosmography of Polyphony

A journey through Renaissance Music with 12 recorders


anon.:

Puis que vivre en servitude

Bransle gay

Bransle

Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV641 'Wenn wir In höchsten Nöten sein'

Brumel, A:

Tandernack

Cabezón, H:

Dulce memoriae

Encina:

Oy comamos y bebamos

Ferrabosco, A I:

Fantasia di sei bassi

Gesualdo:

O dolorosa gioia

Gombert:

Mille regretz

Holborne:

As it fell on a holie Eve

Ecce quam bonum

Almaine, 'The Choise'

Lobo, A:

Versa est in luctum

Ockeghem:

Malheur me bat

Parsley:

Spes nostra

Sweelinck:

Mein junges Leben hat ein End

Willaert:

Beata viscera Mariae virginis


The Royal Wind Music

The Royal Wind Music is a unique consort of renaissance recorders which performs on a collection of instruments especially made for the ensemble by leading flute makers from The Netherlands, Canada and Germany. The recorders range from the 12-inch sopranino to the sub-contrabass measuring over ten feet. Because of its special sound plenty of reviews and concert-goers have described The Royal Wind Music as a 'walking' or a 'breathing' organ. The twelve members of the ensemble all studied at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. The new CD 'Cosmography of Polyphony' sketches the musical universe of The Royal Wind Music. Since its foundation in 1997, the ensemble has performed Renaissance music from all over Europe, particularly from England, Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Flanders, with occasional excursions into the Baroque. In the center of the ensemble’s musical universe is polyphony, the style of simultaneously combining a number of parts, each forming an individual melody and harmonising with each other.

“María Martínez Ayerza’s 19 arrangements often bring the sound world of the organ to mind, and also include a generous helping of the ghostly cooing which the softly-articulated lower instruments can provide. Through pieces that are plaintive, mournful, rich, spare, sober and deliciously frivolous, this collection also constitutes a valuable cosmography recorder playing” The Irish Times, 26th July 2017 ****

“recorders are a delight when placed in such highly proficient hands as this endearing disc by The Royal Wind Music” The Scotsman, July 2017 ***

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Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance

Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance


Guerrero, Francisco:

Surge propera amica mea

O altitudo divitiarum

O Domine Jesu Christe

O sacrum convivium

Ave Virgo sanctissima

Regina caeli a 8

Lobo, A:

Versa est in luctum

Ave Maria

O quam suavis est, Domine

Vivanco:

Magnificat octavi toni


Recorded in 1985, this seminal album from Westminster Cathedral Choir and David Hill is a true jewel in the crown. These are among the the first performances in modern times of the divine compositions of Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo, and there is also a Magnificat by Sebastián de Vivanco, a composer barely known even now. These recordings date from the peak of a golden era in the history of this most illustrious of choirs, and have yet to be bettered.

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Angeles o Calandrias

Angeles o Calandrias


Arauxo:

Tiento de decimo tono

Tiento de medio registro de tiple de octavo tono

Tiento de quarto tono medio registro tiple

Coelho:

Magnificat de primer tono

Guerrero, Francisco:

Ave Virgo sanctissima

Lobo, A:

Versa est in luctum

Palestrina:

Ave Verum

Victoria:

Vadam et circuibo civitatem

Dilectus tuus


Mark Chambers (countertenor), Andrés Cea (claviorgan), Con Bárbara Sela (bassoon) & Arnau Rodón (cornett)

The keystones of this recital are the motets by Victoria and Palestrina published in an ornamented version by Bovicelli in his Regole of 1594. Vadam et circuibo civitatem is taken from the 1572 Venician edition of Victoria's motets while Ave verum corpus is a sacred setting of the Palestrina madrigal Io son ferito, hai lasso which appeared in 1561.There is also one 5 part motet by Francisco Guerrero, Ave Virgo Sanctissima.

The two treble voices are written in canon, and one of them, on this recording, is played by Arnau Rodón on the cornett. Like wise, the cornett and countertenor alternate in Alonso Lobo's six part motet Versa est in luctum, published in his book of masses which appeared in Madrid in 1602.

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Victoria: Requiem

Victoria: Requiem


Lobo, A:

Versa est in luctum

Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae

Victoria:

Requiem 1605 'Officium defunctorum'


Tomás Luis de Victoria’s requiem mass for six voices, written in 1603 and published in 1605, is a masterpiece. It is one of a handful of large-scale works which enjoys mainstream appeal in the 21st century. For many, it represents what Renaissance polyphony is, what it sounds and feels like, and how expressive it can be. The disc also features two well-known works by Victoria’s contemporary Alonso Lobo.

The performance comes from the renowned professional chamber choir Tenebrae, led by Nigel Short, following their recent BBC Music Magazine nominated recording of Francis Poulenc’s Figure Humaine.

“Tenebrae here exquisitely conveys the the flowing relationships between its six voices...The group presents the work with elegant subtlety, allowing the full detail of tonal colouration to shine through unencumbered. The abnegation of wordly misery in lines such as "My soul is weary of my life" is echoed in the less well-known but equally absorbing "Versa est in luctum"” The Independent, 15th April 2011 *****

“here is music of essential simplicity and spiritual depth. Tenebrae’s performance, directed by Nigel Short, is gently sustained, immaculately balanced and wrapped in a luminous acoustic...If you have ever developed a resistance to Renaissance polyphony, this could be the disc to make you think again.” Financial Times, 30th April 2011 *****

“Short finds a musical dramaturgy to match that of the text. The Requiem is written for six voices, but this choir of 20 never seems lumbering or unbalanced. They are perfectly tuned (listen to the exquisite poise of the Agnus Dei), and one is rarely aware of intrusive individual singers. The acoustic has a long echo, but the sound is kept nicely in focus. This recording does justice both to the genius of Victoria and to the musicality of Tenebrae.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 *****

“Tenebrae applies its customary sensibility and expressive power to one of the great cornerstones of the choral repertoire. Beautifully recorded with just the right amount of resonance...Victoria called on all his imaginative resources in this Requiem, and Tenebrae interprets them magnificently.” The Telegraph, 19th May 2011 *****

“[the Lobo settings] allow Tenebrae to demonstrate the full range of their fingertip coloristic precision and ease at negotiating tricky chromatic relationships...Tenebrae avoid the emotional hard-sell by stressing lines for dramatic effect, and let the sounds themselves do the work. This is a definitive modern Victoria Requiem, performed by a choir who relish its musical and expressive challenges.” Classic FM Magazine, July 2011 *****

“This new recording by Tenebrae...recalls the wonderful 1987 recording by the Tallis Scholars in its luminous clarity and firm architectonics...Immediately apparent are the modulations of feeling directly registered in the undulating phrases, something that characterizes this performance as a whole.” International Record Review, July 2011

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