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Penalosa: Lamentationes / New York Polyphony


Release Date: 09/06/2019 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: BIS-2407  
Composer:  Francisco de PeñalosaPedro de EscobarFrancisco Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Renaissance music from Spain has come to mean the works of composers such as Tomás Luís de Victoria or Francisco Guerrero rather than their predecessors. But composers such as Francisco de Peñalosa – who died in 1528, the same year that Guerrero was born – were musicians of genuine imagination and skill, whose work often shows a formidable individuality. The most recent edition of Peñalosa’s oeuvre lists 22 works as genuine: masses, lamentations, hymns and motets. From these, New York Polyphony have selected two highly expressive Lamentations, intended for services held during Holy Week and setting biblical texts bemoaning the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Besides two brief motets, Peñalosa is also Read more represented by sections from his Missa L’homme armé, one of the many examples from the 15th to the 17th century of cyclic masses based on secular melodies. These pieces by Peñalosa are brought into relief by shorter works by his near-contemporary Pedro de Escobar – a deeply haunting setting of the beginning of the hymn Stabat Mater – and the aforementioned Francisco Guerrero. Guerrero is represented by Quae est ista, a setting of words from the Song of Songs which have inspired the composer to ecstatic cascades of notes. In contrast his Antes que comáis a Dios, with a text in Spanish, is simple but effective, in a propulsive triple time. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lamentationes Jeremiae Feria V by Francisco de Peñalosa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
2.
Stabat Mater by Pedro de Escobar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
3.
Lamentationes Jeremiae Feria VI by Francisco de Peñalosa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
4.
Missa L'homme armé: Gloria by Francisco de Peñalosa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
5.
Sancta Maria by Francisco de Peñalosa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
6.
Unica est columba mea by Francisco de Peñalosa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
7.
Missa L'homme armé: Credo by Francisco de Peñalosa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
8.
Quae est ista formosa by Francisco Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1555; Spain 
9.
Antes que comáis a Dios by Francisco Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
10.
Missa L'homme armé: Agnus Dei by Francisco de Peñalosa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 

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