Musique à la Cathédrale d’Oaxaca

Parmi ses multiples trésors, la Cathédrale d’Oaxaca possède dans ses archives le fameux manuscrit musical de Gaspar Fernandes, ainsi que nombre d’œuvres du compositeur Manuel de Sumaya qui y termina sa vie en 1756, après avoir été le plus prestigieux maître de chapelle de la Cathédrale métropolitaine de Mexico.

Bien qu’un siècle les sépare, Gabriel Garrido a voulu réunir ces deux grands compositeurs néo-hispaniques dans cet enregistrement qui témoigne de la vitalité de la création musicale sacrée en Nouvelle-Espagne. (mais…)

The Sixteen’s “Palestrina Series” Vol. 1

Harry Christophers, director of English choir The Sixteen, talks about the first volume of a series dedicated to the music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

This looks like a very interesting project: “one of the aims of the series, Christophers says, is to achieve a ‘real ebb and flow’ in music, which can ‘sound all too perfect and occasionally academic’ “. This first volume comprises the Missa Assumpta est Maria, the motet of the same name, an Ave Maria, and a Salve Regina. Let’s hope there will be also some works as first recordings.

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Lamentations

«Lamentations are lessons (that is to say collections of verses) taken from the Old Testament book The Lamentations of Jeremiah. Each verse of the text is prefaced by successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Ghimel, Daleth, He etc.). Lamentations were used within the old Roman Catholic liturgy during Holy Week as part of the night-time office of Matins (otherwise known as Tenebrae, literally ‘darkness’). This nocturnal usage elicited some of the most sombre and darkly expressive writing from those Renaissance composers who set these texts. The verses were generally set simply and syllabically; by contrast, the Hebrew letters which punctuate the verses were set melismatically and expansively, thereby fulfilling a musical function similar to that of illuminated initials in a medieval manuscript. (mais…)

Gaspar Fernandes – Códice de Oaxaca

El Cancionero Musical de Gaspar Fernandes es llamado “uno de los tesoros más espectaculares de cualquier catedral del hemisferio occidental” según las palabras de Robert Stevenson. Se trata de un grueso volumen manuscrito de 280 folios que contiene 301 composiciones escritas de 1609 a 1616. Lo llevó de Puebla a Oaxaca el cantor Gabriel Ruiz de Morga quien había pertenecido a la capilla musical de la catedral poblana. Su valor como códice radica en que es el más antiguo testimonio manuscrito del repertorio de villancicos y chanzonetas de toda América… (mais…)

Music of the Portuguese Renaissance

Motets by Morago and Melgás

This is a quite old-fashioned singing recording. The style of performance presented here is in nowadays completely obsolete. The importance of this record is that is one of the first (and, in some cases, only) recording of works by Portuguese composers Diogo Dias Melgás and Estêvão Lopes Morago. (mais…)