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Caeli Porta - Aviles, Cristo, Coelho, Lobo, Fernandez, Conceiçao / Owen Rees, Queen's College Choir Oxford


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7323   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Pedro de CristoDiogo de ConçeiçaoManuel Rodrigues CoelhoDuarte Lôbo,   ... 
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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. The Lisbon composers represented are Duarte Lobo (chapelmaster at the Cathedral), Pedro de Cristo (chapelmaster at the Monastery of São Vicente), and Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (organist at the Royal Chapel). Lobo's beautiful and colourful four-voice Missa de beata Maria virgine is at the centre of the recording. Read more We also give a picture of the rich variety of music adorning Vespers in Portugal at this time, including a thrilling two-choir setting of the psalm Dixit Dominus by Pedro de Cristo, Lobo's dramatic two-choir treatment of the marian antiphon Alma redemptoris mater, and other psalms and canticles combining chant, polyphony, and organ music. The music of Manuel Leitão de Aviles - a Portuguese composer who directed the music at Granada's royal chapel - remained in obscurity until brought to light by Owen Rees. Here we sing his works for Holy Week, including a fine set of Lamentations, and a celebratory motet for St Nicholas. This is the fourth disc recorded for Guild by the Choir of the Queen's College, Oxford, and forms a companion to Paradisi portas: Music from 17th-century Portugal, released in 2005. Owen Rees is at the forefront of research and performance of Iberian polyphony. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Dixit Dominus by Pedro de Cristo
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
2.
Laudate pueri by Pedro de Cristo
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
3.
Versicle and response by Pedro de Cristo
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
4.
Dominus vobiscum by Pedro de Cristo
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
5.
Meio Registo de 2 Tom Accidental by Diogo de Conçeiçao
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
6.
Quinto Kyrio do primeiro tom by Manuel Rodrigues Coelho
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
7.
Magnificat by Manuel Rodrigues Coelho
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
8.
Nunc dimittis by Manuel Rodrigues Coelho
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
9.
Missa de beata virgine Maria by Duarte Lôbo
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
10.
Alma redemptoris mater by Duarte Lôbo
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
11.
Benedicamus Domino by Aires Fernandez
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Portugal 

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