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Morales: Officium Defunctorum, Etc / Jordi Savall, Et Al


Release Date: 11/30/1999 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: ES9926   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cristóbal de Morales
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXLa Capella Reial de Catalunya
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Morales's five-part setting of the Requiem is one of the masterpieces of the 16th century and was actually published twice during his lifetime. The 'Missa pro defunctis' follows the customary pattern of the time. Each section begins with a unison Gregorian intonation, which then continues as a cantus firmus in the upper part as the other voices spin a polyphonic texture underneath. The work avoids obvious madrigalisms, but maintains an austere, meditative texture, which is both spiritual and moving.
The prolific Jordi Savall and his corps perform this music so well. Featured are the men's voices of La Capella Reial de Catalunya whose warm vocal colors underscore the work's dense character. The instrumental ensemble, Hespèrion XX, does
Read more not enter until the Domine Jesu, but does so with a sublime effect--one can barely perceive the sackbuts emerging from the vocal texture as the ensemble slowly infiltrates the movement. Best known as a virtuoso on the viola da gamba, Savall has accrued an impressive body of work as a conductor that includes both instrumental and vocal performances. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Officium defunctorum by Cristóbal de Morales
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
2.
Missa pro defunctis à 5 by Cristóbal de Morales
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1544; Italy 

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