Sebastián de Vivanco • O Rex gloriae

polifonia1aSebastián de Vivanco’s (1551-1622) double-choir motet O Rex gloriae. This work comes from his 1610 book of motets, printed in Salamanca. Here it is performed by Capilla Flamenca, dir. Dirk Snellings, and Oltremontano with their sackbutts and cornetts – a great recording, as is the rest of the CD that features many works from this book.


Diogo Dias Melgaz • Memento homo

Listening2Memento homo is, in my opinion, probably one of Diogo Dias Melgaz’s most impressive works. This “miniature” motet for four voices (SATB) survives in two 18th-century choir books housed at the Patriarchal archives in Lisbon and at Évora Cathedral. It is quite impressive how Melgaz emphasises the text’s message Memento homo, quia pulvis in pulverem reverteris (Remember, man, that dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return) using dotted rhythms and short musical figures. (mais…)

Caeli Porta: 17th Century Sacred Music

Caeli Porta“Portuguese music enjoyed its most spectacular flowering in the early seventeenth century. Many of the greatest composers were gathered in the capital Lisbon, and this was a period when many Portuguese musicians also made their careers in Spain, which was then linked to Portugal politically. This recording presents masterpieces of Portuguese polyphony from Lisbon and Granada brought to light by the choir’s director, Owen Rees. (mais…)

XVI Workshop “Évora Cathedral Music School”

Jornadas 20134-6 October 2013 | Convento dos Rémédios (Évora)

XVI International Workshop “Évora Cathedral Music School”

With Owen Rees, Paulo Lourenço, Armando Possante and Pedro Teixeira. Conferences by Owen Rees and Paulo Estudante.


The Tallis Scholars, 4 October, 19h

Choir of participants, 6 October, 17h

More info HERE

Iberian Music at Terceira a Year Ago

SONY DSCPrecisely a year ago on August 5th, we were closing at the Curch of Santa Cruz (in Praia da Vitória) a week with seven concerts here at Terceira island. It was the Festival “Iberian Music 16th & 17th Centuries”, a series of seven concerts organized by the Angra Cathedral liturgical choir. (mais…)

Manuel Cardoso • Magnificat Primi Toni

Manuel CardosoManuel Cardoso (1566-1650) was one of the greatest Portuguese composers of the first half of the seventeenth century. His music was printed in half of dozen of prints in which is included the Magnificat Primi Toni. As the title suggests, this work was part of the Cantica Beatae Viriginis – vulgo Magnificat – printed in Lisbon in the year of 1613. As it is usual in this kind of publications, the text of the Magnificat is set according to the eight ecclesiastical modes in two versions: one for the even verses and another for the odd verses. (mais…)