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Caeli Porta

Caeli Porta

Item No. GMCD 7323

Price GBP 8.50 / USD

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Medium: CD 
Release Date: 15.11.2008

Portuguese music enjoyed its most spectacular flowering in the early seventeenth century. Many of the greatest composers were gathered in the capital Lisbon, and this was a period when many Portuguese musicians also made their careers in Spain, which was then linked to Portugal politically. This recording presents masterpieces of Portuguese polyphony from Lisbon and Granada brought to light by the choir’s director, Owen Rees. The Lisbon composers represented are Duarte Lobo (chapelmaster at the Cathedral), Pedro de Cristo (chapelmaster at the Monastery of São Vicente), and Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (organist at the Royal Chapel). Lobo’s beautiful and colourful four-voice Missa de beata Maria virgine is at the centre of the recording. We also give a picture of the rich variety of music adorning Vespers in Portugal at this time, including a thrilling two-choir setting of the psalm Dixit Dominus by Pedro de Cristo, Lobo’s dramatic two-choir treatment of the marian antiphon Alma redemptoris mater, and other psalms and canticles combining chant, polyphony, and organ music. The music of Manuel Leitão de Aviles – a Portuguese composer who directed the music at Granada’s royal chapel – remained in obscurity until brought to light by Owen Rees. Here we sing his works for Holy Week, including a fine set of Lamentations, and a celebratory motet for St Nicholas.
This is the fourth disc recorded for Guild by the Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford, and forms a companion to Paradisi portas: Music from 17th-century Portugal, released in 2005. Owen Rees is at the forefront of research and performance of Iberian polyphony.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Non est inventus Manuel Leitão de Aviles (d. 1630) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 2:11
02 Dixit Dominus Pedro de Cristo (c. 1550-1618) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 2:59
03 Meio Registo de 2o Tom Accidental (organ) Diego da Conceição (17th century) Carlotte Phillips - organ 3:02
04 In jejunio et .etu Manuel Leitão de Aviles (d. 1630) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 1:52
05 Lamentations Manuel Leitão de Aviles (d. 1630) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 4:38
06 Primeiro Kyrio do Primeiro - Tom por C Sol Fa Ut (organ) Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (c. 1555-c. 1635) Carlotte Phillips - organ 1:19
07 Circumdederunt me Joan de Avila (.. c. 1600) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 3:35
08 Laudate pueri Pedro de Cristo (c. 1550-1618) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 5:01
09 Missa de beata virgine Maria - Kyrie Duarte Lobo (c. 1565-1646) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 3:42
10 Missa de beata virgine Maria - Gloria Duarte Lobo (c. 1565-1646) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 4:16
11 Missa de beata virgine Maria - Credo Duarte Lobo (c. 1565-1646) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 6:44
12 Verso do 6o tom (organ) Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (c. 1555-c. 1635) Carlotte Phillips - organ 0:50
13 Missa de beata virgine Maria - Sanctus Duarte Lobo (c. 1565-1646) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 1:53
14 Missa de beata virgine Maria - Benedictus Duarte Lobo (c. 1565-1646) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 1:17
15 Missa de beata virgine Maria - Agnus Dei Duarte Lobo (c. 1565-1646) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 2:44
16 Magnificat: Versos do Quarto Tom (organ), with chant & fabordão Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (c. 1555-c. 1635) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 7:08
17 Nunc dimittis: Verso do Sétimo Tom para se cantar ao órgão Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (c. 1555-c. 1635) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 2:53
18 Versicle & response: Dominus vobiscum / Et cum spiritu tuo Pedro de Cristo (c. 1550-1618) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 0:21
19 Benedicamus Domino Aires Fernandez (.. c. 1550) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 1:10
20 Alma redemptoris mater Duarte Lobo (c. 1565-1646) The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford, Owen Rees – director 1:43
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