Escobar, etc, Morales: Music to the Blessed Virgin from Seville Cathedral by Escobar, Morales,

COMPOSERS: Escobar,etc,Morales
LABELS: Musica de Andalucia
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Ave Maris Stella
WORKS: Music to the Blessed Virgin from Seville Cathedral by Escobar, Morales,
PERFORMER: Luiz Alves de Silva (countertenor), Henry Wickham (baritone), Josep Cabré (bass); Orchestra of the Renaissance/Richard Cheetham
CATALOGUE NO: DS 0115 DDD (distr. Harmonia Mundi)
When these pieces were written, Seville Cathedral boasted a band of shawms and sackbuts, and Cheetham’s attempt to reconstruct the sound of the period with instruments and voices stresses the richly-coloured character of this music. An evocative performance of Morales’s Misa de Beata Virgine represents the main feature of this intriguing disc, but sample, too, the fluent polyphony of Escobar’s Ave maris stella, or the subtle virtuosity of Peñalosa’s Ave regina caelorum. Nicholas Rast

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