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Salve, Salve, Salve: Josquin's Spanish Legacy / Rees, Contrapunctus


Release Date: 03/06/2020 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 608  
Composer:  Cristóbal de MoralesAnonymousTomás Luis de VictoriaFrancisco Guerrero,   ... 
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, Contrapunctus presents music by the best-known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces. The group’s repertoire is drawn from England, the Low Countries, Spain, Portugal and Germany, particularly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The scholarly facet of the group’s work – including the discovery of long-lost music and reconstructions of original performing contexts – allows audiences to experience the first performances of many works in modern times. Owen Rees is both an acclaimed choral director and an internationally recognized scholar of Renaissance music, particularly from Spain, Portugal, and England. His scholarship consistently informs his performances in Read more exciting and revelatory ways. He has brought to the concert hall and recording studio substantial repertories of magnificent Renaissance and Baroque music, including many previously unknown or little-known works, and he has played a leading role in revealing the glories of Portuguese Renaissance polyphony to an international audience. His interpretations have been acclaimed as ‘revelatory and even visionary’ (BBC Music Magazine) and as ‘rare examples of scholarship and musicianship combining to result in performances that are both impressive and immediately attractive to the listener’ (Gramophone). During the 16th century, the music of Josquin Desprez became hugely sought after. Large quantities of his music were published in cathedral music books and instrumental anthologies (a huge step in this period of history). This inspired three of the greatest Spanish composers of this age - Morales, Guerrero and Victoria. In this new Signum recording, Contrapunctus and Owen Rees explore the repertoire which was produced as a result of this inspiration.

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REVIEW:

Although he includes only one piece by Josquin – the celebrated Salve regina – Contrapunctus’s director, Rees, ingeniously illustrates in this recital how the great man’s work influenced that of three of his finest Spanish Renaissance successors. The connections are sometimes arcane, but device always serves expressivity in this music. These singers give unfailingly shapely, touching performances.

– Sunday Times (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Jubilate Deo omnis terra by Cristóbal de Morales
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1542; Italy 
2.
Gaudeamus Omnes in Domini by Anonymous
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
3.
Missa "Gaudeamus" by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; Spain 
4.
Salve regina ŕ 6 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1572; Spain 
5.
Ave Virgo sanctissima by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
6.
Salve Regina by Anonymous
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance 
7.
Salve, regina by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance 
8.
Surge propera amica mea by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Owen Rees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contrapunctus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 

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