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Lobo: Sacred Vocal Music / Fernandez-Vega, Coro Victoria


Release Date: 02/01/2019 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95789  
Composer:  Alonso LoboOtto Lob
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On this new recording, Coro Victoria offers a portrait of Alonso Lobo (1555-1617) through a cross-section of his sacred output (his works in Spanish are all lost). The group also illustrates the variety of interpretative practices of the period. The concluding O quam suavis est Domine is sung by a single soprano while the vihuela accompaniment supplies the remaining five parts. Church choirs sang this music in the liturgy, but minstrels also played it during processions, and there was free traffic between sacred and secular contexts. Coro Victoria was founded by its director, Ana Fernández-Vega, to recover and preserve a native, historically informed tradition of singing Spanish polyphony from its Renaissance-era high noon, Read more exemplified not only by Victoria himself but also his contemporaries such as the Seville-born and bred Alonso Lobo (indeed, Victoria considered Lobo his equal). He is now best known for a haunting, six-voice setting of the Requiem, and his magnificent motet for the obsequies of King Philip II, Versa est in luctum shares the Requiem’s tone of mourning and remembrance, established by a dense mesh of overlapping counterpoint. Coro Victoria also presents other sides to a composer whose style is far more various than is commonly assumed. As well as the beautifully handled techniques of canon and counterpoint in Marian motets such as Ave Maria and Ave Regina coelorum, distinguishing features of Lobo’s style are his jagged melodic lines, a far cry from Palestrina’s smooth curves, and his more animated conclusions, both vividly demonstrated by Vivo ego, dicit Dominus. There is also a complete, portmanteau setting of the Mass, drawn from his Missa O Rex gloriae, Missa Petre ego pro te rogavi and Missa Simile est regnum caelorum, with the Credo filled in by the separate Credo Romano, which is underpinned by a figured bass and continued to be popular long after his death. These polished performances should renew wider interest in Lobo’s music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ave Regina Caelorum, motet by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
2.
Missa "O rex gloriae": Excerpts by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
3.
Ave Maria by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1602; Spain 
4.
Vivo ego, dicit Dominus by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
5.
Erunt signa in sole by Otto Lob
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
6.
Regina caeli laetare by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
7.
Credo romano by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
8.
Cum audisset Joannes by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
9.
Missa "Petre, ego pro te rogavi": Sanctus - Benedictus by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
10.
Versa est in luctum by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1598; Spain 
11.
Libera me, Domine by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
12.
Missa "Simile est regnum caelorum": Agnus Dei by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
13.
Ego flos campi by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
14.
O quam suavis est by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Ana Fernández-Vega
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coro Victoria
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1602; Spain 

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