João Lourenço Rebelo • Panis angelicus

João Lourenço Rebelo’s motet Panis angelicus is, to me,  one of the most interesting mid-seveenthenth-century works of Portuguese polyphony. The motet is written for seven voices a capella contrary to most of Rebelo’s music, which always features a continuo part, and stands out as a fine example of what was achieved in terms of the prossecution of stile antico writing. A fine recording with a nice video by Portuguese group Capella Duriensis, directed by Jonathan Aeyrst.

Estêvão de Brito • Vidi Dominum

Of the three polychoral works by Portuguese composer Estêvão de Brito (c.1575-1641) present in his Motectorum Liber the motet Vidi Dominum, for eight voices (SATB+SATB) was the only one to be recorded in cd until now. The other two works, also for eight voices, are O Rex gloriae, a motet that I have been writing a lot, and Dum complerentur. The motet has the indication In die Trinitatis et Omnium Sanctorum that is, it was destined to the Sunday after Pentecost and the Feast of All Saints. (mais…)

Giovanni P. da Palestrina • Missa Emendemus in melius

PalestrinaI found these videos on YouTube of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa Emendemus in melius, an imitation mass for which the model was not yet been identified, but it looks like it would be a 4-voice motet. The mass was printed in the 7th book of masses, published in 1594. Palestrina exceeds himself in setting the second Agnus Dei. He expands the texture from four to five voices, adding a second tenor with a carefully controlled cannon between this voice and the bassus. (mais…)

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.

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Francisco Martins • O vos omnes

Responsory for four voices, by Portuguese composer Francisco Martins (1628-1680). This is the fifth responsory at Matins for Holy Saturday, of the sets composed by Martins for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday respectively. Martins studied at Évora Cathedral and was mestre de capela at Elvas Cathedral. This is one of the recordings this group made at Angra Cathedral in early August 2013. (mais…)

Estêvão Lopes Morago • Sepulto Domino

The Motet Sepulto Domino, for four voices, by Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630) is one of three small works for Holy Week that are present in the P-Va Ms 3. This work uses part of the text of the last responsory at matins for Holy Saturday.

This video was recorded during Ensemble da Sé de Angra‘s concert at the Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz (city of Praia da Vitória), 3 February 2013. (mais…)