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Santiago a capella

> Mariam matrem virginem - Mariam matrem virginem
> Ave virgo sanctissima - Ave virgo sanctissima
> Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae - Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae
> Crux fidelis - Crux fidelis
> O lux et decus Hispaniae - O lux et decus Hispaniae
> O vos omnes - O vos omnes
> Duo Seraphim - Duo Seraphim
> Versa est in luctum - Versa est in luctum
> Non mortui - Non mortui
> Salva nos, Domie - Salva nos, Domie

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat : Mariam Matrem Virginem, virelai for 3 voices (Llibre Vermell)
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Virgo Sanctissima, motet for 5 voices
>Lobo, Alonso : Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae
>Portugal, Joao IV of : Crux fidelis, for 4 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : O Lux et Decus Hispaniae, motet for 5 voices
>Victoria, Tomas L. de : O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam, motet for 4 voices
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Duo Seraphim, motet for 12 voices
>Lobo, Alonso : Versa est in Luctum
>Cardoso, Manuel : Non mortui qui sunt in inferno, for chorus
>Rogier, Philippe : Salva nos, Domine, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

"Here's one that almost slipped unnoticed among legitimate candidates for 2010 "best of the year" releases. Although recorded in 2004 and previously issued by Universal Spain, this exemplary program seems to have made its first true North American appearance only this past fall (2010), following its best-selling companion, Pilgrimage to Santiago. The 10 selections--representing composers such as Guerrero, Lobo, and Victoria--are among the more impressive, if not so well-known, examples not only of the high refinement of sacred music of the period, but also of the music's unique emotional disposition.

Guerrero's Duo Seraphim--for 12 voices in three choirs--must have been a big hit at Seville Cathedral, its grand antiphonal effects seeming to resonate in eternal, heavenly harmony. Likewise, Lobo's motet Versa est in luctum (Lobo was Guerrero's successor at Seville) is the embodiment of the full flower of Spanish Renaissance sacred music, its soaring melodic lines and sensual chordal movement reflecting the magnificent, harmonious proportion exemplified in the great cathedrals where such works were performed. .

At first I thought Gardiner conducted some of these pieces too slowly--but repeated listening proved me wrong. The truth is, not just any choir can sing these long-phrased, extended works so convincingly, with such confidence and technical skill; but when you have an ensemble like Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir, you can push the boundaries and get away with it, which they do here. .

As described in the liner notes, "this is an anthology of Golden Age 'classics'...in turn moving, intimate, spectacular, and awe inspiring"--and that comment gets no argument from me. Here Gardiner goes back to what he and his exceptional choir do best, captured in a very favorable acoustic (a London church) by a first-rate sound engineer (Mike Hatch). This is one of those discs you'll never tire of hearing."-classicstoday.com

The Independent
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 Telegraph
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 Guardian
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.

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

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004).



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Works Details

>Anonymous, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat : Mariam Matrem Virginem, virelai for 3 voices (Llibre Vermell)
  • Performer: Elin Thomas (Soprano)
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 13th Century

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Ave Virgo Sanctissima, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1566

>Lobo, Alonso : Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Joâo IV of Portugal : Crux fidelis, for 4 voices
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Written: circa 1615

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : O Lux et Decus Hispaniae, motet for 5 voices
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomás Luis de Victoria (Composer) (circa 1548 - 1611) : O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam, motet for 4 voices
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Duo Seraphim, motet for 12 voices
  • Performers: Elin Thomas (Soprano); Grace Davidson (Soprano); Samuel Evans (Soprano)
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lobo, Alonso : Versa est in Luctum
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1598

>Cardoso, Manuel : Non mortui qui sunt in inferno, for chorus
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rogier, Philippe : Salva nos, Domine, for chorus
  • Notes: St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London (04/30/2004-05/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance