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The Golden Age - Siglo De Oro / The King's Singers


Release Date: 02/26/2008 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 119   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  of Portugal John IVCristóbal de MoralesTomás Luis de VictoriaDiogo Dias Melgás,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


By now The King's Singers certainly can record almost anything they want, and this program, focusing on repertoire from the "Golden Age" of Spanish, Portuguese, and Mexican vocal music, grew organically from the group's church concerts. The result is a collection of rarely-heard primarily polyphonic works from the 16th and early 17th centuries, most notably several settings of the text Versa est in luctum (from the Book of Job) and two remarkable and substantial works by Alonso Lobo--Lamentations and Libera me--both notable for their rich textures and vibrant, often surprising harmonies that these six singers exploit to the fullest. The opening work, Crux fidelis, from King John IV of
Read more Portugal (1604-56), is an exquisitely crafted hymn that captivates with its gorgeous harmonies interspersed with verses of plainchant. Here all aspects of the singers' impeccable diction, phrasing, blend, balance, and expressive nuance are on display, absolutely clear and with pleasing, natural presence (engineer Mike Hatch, a veteran of so many first rate vocal recordings, also must receive at least some of the credit for this!).

In other hands, a program focusing on sacred music with sombre themes--lamentations, mourning, sorrow, fasting and tears, deliverance from everlasting death--might be doomed before it began; but The King's Singers as usual bring a freshness and vitality to their vocalism and a warm, welcoming quality to their sound that projects a certain "personality" that not only makes listening easy, but brings substantial rewards as well. No one who enjoys this repertoire or The King's Singers needs further encouragement; and it's always a pleasure to be reminded of or introduced so favorably to composers such as Alonso Lobo. Highly recommended!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Crux fidelis by of Portugal John IV
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 9 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Missa "Mille regretz": Kyrie by Cristóbal de Morales
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1544; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Missa "Pro defunctis": Versa est in luctum by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1583; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
In ieiunio et fletu by Diogo Dias Melgás
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Portugal 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Versa est in luctum by Sebastian de Vivanco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae by Alonso Lobo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 18 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Versa est in Luctum by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Pia et dolorosa Mater by Diogo Dias Melgás
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Portugal 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Versa est in luctum by Alonso Lobo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1598; Spain 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
10.
Libera me, Domine by Alonso Lobo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Gloucestershire 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Crux Fidelis (King John IV of Portugal)
Missa "Mille regretz" (Morales): Kyrie
Missa "Pro defunctis" (Victoria): Versa est in luctum

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