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Alonso Lobo: Missae / Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta


Release Date: 10/26/2006 
Label:  Enchiriadis   Catalog #: 2016   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alonso LoboFrancisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Raul Mallavibarrena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A. LOBO Missa Simile est regnum caelorum. Missa Petre ego pro te rogavi. Vivo ego dicit Dominus. GUERRERO Simile est regnum caelorum. Petre ego pro te rogavi Raúl Mallavibarrena, dir; Musica Ficta ENCHIRIADIS 2016 (56:02 & )


Alonso Lobo (1555–1617) spent his life in service to church music, beginning as a choirboy in the Seville cathedral, where he studied under Francisco Read more Guerrero as early as the age of 11. He soon became a canon and choir director at the collegiate church of his native Osuna. He returned to Seville as master of the choirboys in 1591, became maestro at the Toledo cathedral two years later, and then succeeded Guerrero in Seville in 1604.


We have had three of his masses on CD. The former of these two was already available from David Trendell (26:5), but the other mass on this disc is new, so we now have four of the six settings that he published in 1602. Both of these are parody masses based on motets of Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599), his teacher. (While Guerrero wrote three motets and a mass set to “Simile est regnum caelorum,” he is said to have based his own mass on the motet of his teacher Morales.) The three motets recorded here, including an extra motet by Lobo, all use sayings of Our Lord as set down in the gospels. “Simile” is the parable of the landowner who hires men to work in his vineyard. “Petre” is Our Lord’s prayer for Peter’s faith and strength after the Resurrection. “Vivo” is Our Lord’s desire for the conversion of sinners.


Mallavibarrena uses one voice to a part, supported by a bajón (dulcian) that is almost inaudible. As a collection of Lobo’s music, this compares most favorably with Peter Phillips and Trendell. As a figure in the generation after Victoria and Guerrero, his music preserves the richness of Renaissance polyphony while extending the harmonic language and dramatic expressiveness of the vocal lines. His music was performed long after his death, as far away as the Spanish New World. Yet O quam suavis est in “El Siglo de Oro” (2:3) was only his second appearance on disc, the same motet having been recorded in Spain on Pax a decade earlier. This new disc adds a great deal to our knowledge of late-Renaissance Spain.


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Works on This Recording

1. Missa "Simile est regnum caelorum" by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Raul Mallavibarrena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1602; Spain 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 
2. Missa "Petre, ego pro te rogavi" by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Raul Mallavibarrena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1602; Spain 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 
3. Vivo ego, dicit Dominus by Alonso Lobo
Conductor:  Raul Mallavibarrena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 
4. Simile est regnum caelorum by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Raul Mallavibarrena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1570; Spain 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 
5. Petre, ego pro te rogavi by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Raul Mallavibarrena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1589; Spain 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 

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