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Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion - Cristóbal de Morales: Officium Defunctorum; Missa Pro Defunctis (1992)

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Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion - Cristóbal de Morales: Officium Defunctorum; Missa Pro Defunctis (1992)

Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XX - Cristóbal de Morales: Officium Defunctorum; Missa Pro Defunctis (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 72:30 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Auvidis / Astrée | # E 8765 | Recorded: 1991

Morales's five-part setting of the Requiem is one of the masterpieces of the 16th century and was actually published twice during his lifetime. The 'Missa pro defunctis' follows the customary pattern of the time. Each section begins with a unison Gregorian intonation, which then continues as a cantus firmus in the upper part as the other voices spin a polyphonic texture underneath. The work avoids obvious madrigalisms, but maintains an austere, meditative texture, which is both spiritual and moving.

Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Cristóbal de Morales: Requiem (2000)

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Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Cristóbal de Morales: Requiem (2000)

Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Cristóbal de Morales: Requiem (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 64:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Cantus | # C 9627 | Recorded: 1998

Cristóbal de Morales was the finest Spanish composer of the early 16th century (2000 marked the 500th anniversary of his birth ca. 1500, possibly in Seville). He was also one of the most important contributors to a repertoire of musical settings used in the liturgy for the dead. His five-voice Requiem (or Missa pro Defunctis, as it was originally called) was published in Rome in 1544 while he was a member of the Papal choir, and from there it became widely known across Europe. This overwhelming and impressive music was probably sung in 1599 in Mexico as part of the memorial ceremonies for Emperor Charles V (almost an exact contemporary of Morales), and then in 1598, in the context of a full Requiem Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of Toledo upon the death of Philip II.

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

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Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.88 Gb | Total time: 10h35' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 106

Jérôme Lejeune continues his History of Music series with this boxed set devoted to the Renaissance. The next volume in the series after Flemish Polyphony (RIC 102), this set explores the music of the 16th century from Josquin Desprez to Roland de Lassus. After all of the various turnings that music took during the Middle Ages, the music of the Renaissance seems to be a first step towards a common European musical style. Josquin Desprez’s example was followed by every composer in every part of Europe and in every musical genre, including the Mass setting, the motet and all of the various new types of solo song. Instrumental music was also to develop considerably from the beginning of the 16th century onwards.

The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery - Christmas with the Shepherds (2014)

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The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery - Christmas with the Shepherds (2014)

The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery - Christmas with the Shepherds (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 62:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian | # DCD34145 | Recorded: 2014

A Christmas programme with a difference: Rory McCleery and his acclaimed consort echo the shepherds’ noels through a motet by Jean Mouton which, astonishingly, remained in the repertoire of the Sistine Chapel for over 100 years after its composition around 1515. So famous already by the middle of the century, when Cristóbal de Morales was engaged as a singer in the papal chapel, that Mouton’s motet would form the basis for a mass by Morales; and, later still, a new motet to the same text by Annibale Stabile. A world premiere recording of the latter work crowns this unique programme, drawn from new performing editions by McCleery himself.

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Cristobal de Morales: Magnificat, Motets, Lamentations (2008)

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Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Cristobal de Morales: Magnificat, Motets, Lamentations (2008)

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Cristóbal de Morales: Magnificat, Motets, Lamentations (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 72:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67694 | Recorded: 2007

Morales was the first Spanish composer to achieve true international fame, and was described by contemporaries as ‘the light of Spain in music’. Although he is relatively well-represented in recordings, a few pieces have attracted the attention of performers at the expense of the majority of his output. This recording aims to begin filling that gap by presenting works which are so far underexposed, yet which are of extremely high quality.