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Maestros Del Siglo De Oro / Jordi Savall


Release Date: 08/11/2009 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9867   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Cristóbal de MoralesFrancisco GuerreroTomás Luis de VictoriaRaffaella Aleotti
Performer:  Alberto RasiGuido MoriniJosep Cabré
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 3 Hours 15 Mins. 

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MORALES Officium defunctorum. Missa pro defunctis. GUERRERO Sacrae cantiones. VICTORIA Cantica beatae virginis Jordi Savall, cond; La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XX (period instruments) Read more class="ARIAL12"> ALIA VOX 9867 (3 Hybrid multichannel SACDs: 195:43 Text and Translation)


This Super Audio remastering groups three discs of major works originally reviewed when they were new: Morales (16:4), Guerrero (16:4), and Victoria (16:5), all made for the Columbus quincentenary and issued as Astrée E 8765, 8766, and 8767, respectively. The Guerrero disc was the most important, for the composer had been poorly represented on disc before it arrived, while we have had a steady stream of his works since then. The notes repeat the point first refuted in the original review that the texts of the motets “were never the object of any monophonic setting.” Not only were they found in familiar chant antiphons, but Guerrero also quoted the chants in his settings. Guerrero spent his entire career at the Seville cathedral, the most important church post in Spain. I originally cited a preference for two pieces as sung by the Westminster Cathedral Choir, but that minimized the importance of this collection, which remains a monument to the composer even after his representation on disc has grown.


The Morales disc was a first recording of two complementary works, a Mass for the Dead and an Office of the Dead, the latter consisting of Matins only. The original issue provided only the Latin texts, oddly enough, while this set has six sets of translations, as it does for all three discs. Morales served in Rome before ending his days at the Toledo cathedral. The Mass has since been recorded by Paul McCreesh (22:2) and others, but this may appeal to some listeners more than McCreesh’s liturgical reconstruction.


The Victoria disc combined familiar and unfamiliar motets and other short works, half of them accompanied. It is unfortunate that Savall did not choose more works of the same nature, for the disc runs less than an hour. Still, it is a useful cross section of Victoria’s smaller forms. He, too, returned from Rome to spend his last years as a convent chaplain. Spanning three generations and more than a century (the 16th), these three composers are beyond doubt the leading lights of Spain at the time. The three discs belong together, just as they were created together.


The Super Audio sound opens up the space of the Cardona church, Savall’s favorite recording venue, where all three discs were made. While the original discs sound good on a surround system, the music is more open and transparent on these discs. The digipack package is lavish, with a 210-page book that can be slipped out of the pocket that holds it by the back page. There is also a lot of color, both paintings of the period and photos of the ensemble. Priced around three-for-two, this is a good buy for anyone who was not around in the beginning. It also makes a beautiful gift.


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Works on This Recording

1. Officium Defunctorum: Ad matutinum. Circumdederunt me gemitus mortis by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Alberto Rasi (Violin), Guido Morini (Organ), Josep Cabré (Cantor)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
2. Officium Defunctorum: Invitatorium. Regum cui omnia vivunt. Psalmus 94: Venite, exultemus Domino by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Alberto Rasi (Violin), Guido Morini (Organ), Josep Cabré (Cantor)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
3. Officium Defunctorum: In primo nocturno. Versiculum: A porta infieri. Lectio 1 (Job 7, 16-21): Parce by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Alberto Rasi (Violin), Guido Morini (Organ), Josep Cabré (Cantor)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
4. Officium Defunctorum: In primo nocturno. Lectio 2 (Job 10, 1-7): Taedet animam meam vitae by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Alberto Rasi (Violin), Guido Morini (Organ), Josep Cabré (Cantor)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
5. Officium Defunctorum: In primo nocturno. Lectio 3 (Job 10, 8-12): Manus tuas by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Alberto Rasi (Violin), Guido Morini (Organ), Josep Cabré (Cantor)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
6. Officium Defunctorum: In secundo nocturno. Versiculum: Collocet eos cum principibus. Responsorum: Ne by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Guido Morini (Organ), Josep Cabré (Cantor), Alberto Rasi (Violin)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
7. Missa pro defunctis à 5 by Cristóbal de Morales
Performer:  Alberto Rasi (Violin), Guido Morini (Organ), Josep Cabré (Cantor)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1544; Italy 
Length: 43 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
8. Ave Maria, motet for 4 voices by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
9. Alma Redemptoris Mater by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
10. Beata Dei genitrix, Maria by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Spain 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
11. Pater noster by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
12. O Domine Jesu Christe by Francisco Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
13. O sacrum convivium by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
14. Laudate Dominum by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
15. Gabriel archangelus by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
16. Ave Virgo sanctissima by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
17. Salve Regina by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
18. Regina caeli à 8 by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
19. O altitudo divitiarum by Francisco Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
20. Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
21. Duo Seraphim by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
22. Ave Maria, motet for 8 voices by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Audio Remasterer: Manuel Mohino.
Editor: François Eckert. 
23. Gaude, Maria virgo by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
24. Trahe me post te by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1583; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
25. Salve regina a 8 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; Spain 
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
26. Ave regina coelorum à 5 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
27. Sancta Maria, succurre miseris by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
28. Ne timeas, Maria by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
29. Senex puerum portabat by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
30. O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1572; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
31. Vidi speciosam sicut columbam by Raffaella Aleotti
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 
32. Magnificat primi toni a 8 by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; Spain 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: François Eckert.
Editor: François Eckert. 

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