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Morales: Mass / Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort


Release Date: 08/01/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93904   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cristóbal de MoralesFrancisco GuerreroPhilippe RogierAntonio De Cabezón,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MORALES Missa Mille regretz. Emendemus in melius & Paul McCreesh, cond; Gabrieli Consort and Players BRILLIANT 93904 (76:17)


& GUERRERO, ROGIER, CABEZÓN, GOMBERT, TÓMAS DE SANTA MARIA, CHANT


First issued on Archiv ( Fanfare 20:2) and then in the Blue Series (27:1), this is back again with the notes that were printed in Read more the first issue but not the texts or translations. It is a liturgical reconstruction dominated by the Mass Ordinary of Morales, to which all the other short pieces are appended. The Mass is treated as a celebration at the Toledo cathedral around 1590, when the Morales Mass was still in use decades after it was composed, with music of contemporary composers and ancient chants surrounding the Ordinary. It would be tempting to repeat for a third time what I wrote in the first two reviews, for St. Isidore, whose feast day (April 4) is the focus of this program, was a leading light of the most glorious era of ancient Spain, which lasted from the conversion of the Arian Visigoths in 589 to the Moorish invasion of 711. St. Isidore was archbishop of Seville from 600 to 636 and a leading figure in the reform of Mass and Office. Paul McCreesh has put together a number of imaginative reconstructions such as these (Andrew Parrott was doing the same thing a decade earlier). The missing texts (only Emendemus in melius is less familiar) are less important than the fact that the original useful note is retained. At the price, this is worth buying if you don’t have an earlier issue.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber


This budget-price CD is a reissue from 15 years ago which attempts to set the beautiful mass, 'Mille Regretz' by Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500-c.1553) in the context of a celebration in Toledo cathedral towards the end of the sixteenth century. A likely such occasion was during Lent, when the sentiment of the Parody Mass based on Josquin's mournful secular chanson, Mille Regretz, would have been particularly appropriate.
 
Since we know that the mass on this type of occasion was rarely played without the interleaving of other music, that is what McCreesh has chosen to do. As well as half a dozen or so plainchant items, there are works by contemporaries Guerrero, Rogier, De Cabezón, Gombert and Dos Santos. Although those attending such a service would have been lucky to have had quite such a feast!
 
During his lifetime, Morales received more praise for his composition (and his voice) than any other musician in Spain. Particular amongst his strengths was the attention he paid to the text. Certain of his innovations were equally important too: his treatment of the Gospel motet exceeded in quality that of any others thus far written. Indeed, Morales' influence on Palestrina is now being realised and acknowledged as significant. Lastly, like all great composers, Morales was able to produce in his Missa 'Mille Regretz' music of enduring value and beauty beyond the circumstances under which it was originally written: probably in response to the fondness for the chanson of Emperor Charles V. So it's fitting that this CD should place him at the centre of such a varied tapestry.
 
McCreesh uses his Gabrieli Consort and Players in those places where the musicological evidence supports instrumental accompaniment: during the polyphony. But only at the moments when the cantors enter and exit, and at the Gradual and Elevation in Lent. It was otherwise not used. The instruments on this recording are those of the wind family typical of a Spanish cathedral band of the time … cornetts, crumhorns, dulcians, recorders, sackbuts and shawms.
 
They make a splendid sound on this warm and welcome CD. The music flows and seems in places as though liquid, pure - and pure liquid… in the Agnus Dei from the Mass itself [tr.21] for example. Always in complete control, the voices, players, solo and ensemble perform with great authority and command, though never a hint of stridency or over-insistence. The pace and delivery combine dignity with involvement and display a certain appropriate joy - in the cançiones of Rogier [e.g. tr.25], for example.
 
For some, the fact that this is a mélange, rather than a homogeneous selection of one or two composers' works, may be something of a disincentive. There are two other 'straight' performances of his 'Mille Regretz' Mass in the catalogue… by Chanticleer on their own label (8809) and The Hilliard Ensemble (Almaviva 101). Of the other pieces almost nothing is to be found in the current catalogue. So this is a CD to buy for the selection if nothing else. But the Morales Mass itself is a gem. To get a sense for how contemporaries might have known it is a real plus. The singing, performing and conception are everything we expect from these forces. The acoustic and accompanying notes are well up to standard.
 
-- Mark Sealey, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Mille regretz" by Cristóbal de Morales
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1544; Italy 
2.
Emendemus in melius by Cristóbal de Morales
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
3.
Cançión a 6 by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
4.
Ecce sacerdos magnus, for 5 voices by Philippe Rogier
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
5.
Cançión à 6 by Philippe Rogier
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
6.
Tiento del quinto tono by Antonio De Cabezón
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
7.
Tiento del quarto tono by Antonio De Cabezón
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
8.
Cançion "Subiendo amor" by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
9.
Cançion "Todos aman" by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
10.
Tiento del octavo tono by Antonio De Cabezón
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
11.
O doctor optime by Francisco Guerrero
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570 
12.
Mille regretz by Nicolas Gombert
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 

Customer Reviews

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 Magnificent. September 3, 2012 By John W. (WOORI YALLOCK, VIC) See All My Reviews "This recording is magnificent. It pours out wonderful sound, including the organ of 300 years ago. Amply fortified by the Gabrieli Brass,the overall ambience is outstanding. A must buy for lovers of Renaissance Music." Report Abuse
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