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From Spain to Eternity - The Sacred Polyphony of El Greco's Toledo: Lobo, de Morales, Guerrero, Tejeda / Ens. Plus Ultra

Album Summary

>Lobo, Alonso : Versa est in Luctum
>Morales, Cristóbal de : Clamabat Autem Mulier Chananea, for 5 voices
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Virgines prudentes
>Lobo, Alonso : Missa "Prudentes virgines" for 5 voices
>Morales, Cristóbal de : Quanti mercenari, motet for 6 voices
>De Tejeda, Alonso : Rex autem David, for chorus
>Morales, Cristóbal de : Expandit Sion manus suas, for 6 voices
>De Tejeda, Alonso : Miserere mei, Deus, for chorus
>Lobo, Alonso : Ave Regina Caelorum, motet
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

2011 DGG 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.

The Guardian, 24th July 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.

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

BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ascot Priory Church (01/2014).



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Works Details

>Lobo, Alonso : Versa est in Luctum
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Plus Ultra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1598

>Morales, Cristóbal de : Clamabat Autem Mulier Chananea, for 5 voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Virgines prudentes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Lobo, Alonso : Missa "Prudentes virgines" for 5 voices
  • Running Time: 28 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Morales, Cristóbal de : Quanti mercenari, motet for 6 voices
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>De Tejeda, Alonso : Rex autem David, for chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Morales, Cristóbal de : Expandit Sion manus suas, for 6 voices
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>De Tejeda, Alonso : Miserere mei, Deus, for chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lobo, Alonso : Ave Regina Caelorum, motet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral