Guerrero: Sacrae Cantiones

Francisco Guerrero: Sacrae Cantiones
La Capella Reial da Catalunya / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée (Auvidis) E 8766 [CD]
Astrée (Naïve) "Musica Iberica" ES 9953 [CD]

Contents:

    Francisco Guerrero: Sacrae Cantiones (motecta 4, 5, 6, 8 & 12 vocum)
  1. Ave Maria (a 4)
  2. Alma Redemptoris mater (a 4)
  3. Beata Dei genitrix, Maria (a 6)
  4. Pater Noster (a 8)
  5. O Domine Jesu Christe I (instrumental a 4)
  6. O Domine Jesu Christe II (a 4)
  7. O sacrum convivium (a 5)
  8. Laudate Dominum de caelis (a 8)
  9. Gabriel archangelus (a 4)
  10. Ave, virgo sanctissima (a 5)
  11. Salve Regina (a 4)
  12. Regina caeli (a 8)
  13. O Altitudo divitiarum (instrumental a 8)
  14. Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria (a 5)
  15. Duo seraphim (a 12)
  16. Ave Maria (a 8)

Playing time: 68' 40"

Performers:
La Capella Reial da Catalunya / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall, dir.

Recording site and date:
Colegiata del Castillo de Cardona (Cataluña) [01, 03/1992];
Rel.: 1992 (Auvidis), 2001 (Naïve) [CD]

Compilation:
Fontalis (Naïve) ES 9916 [CDx3] Musica Sacra (aka: Maestros del Siglo de Oro): Cristóbal de Morales – Francisco Guerrero – Tomás Luis de Victoria

Excerpts:
[6] Fontalis (Auvidis) "Portrait" ES 9901 [CD] Montserrat Figueras: La Voix de l'émotion - The Voice of emotion
[15] Fontalis (Auvidis) "Portrait" ES 9906 [CD] Offertorium - La Capella Reial de Catalunya
[16] Fontalis (Auvidis) ES 9902 [CD] Vox Æterna: XIème siècle - XVIIIème siècle

Reviewed in:
Diapason (#-p.): 389-116 (january 1993) Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 16/4- (March / April 1993)

Comments:
Information from CD.

Pierre-F. Roberge

Francisco Guerrero (c.1528-1599) was one of the leading Spanish composers of the 16th century. He worked in all vocal forms of the period, and this program features motets in 4, 5, 6, 8 & 12 voices.

Although Morales & Victoria occupy positions in more notable generations framing Guerrero, it is Guerrero's music which may well have been the high water mark of Spain's golden age. Until recently, however, his work has been very under-published.

Other recordings devoted to Guerrero's sacred music:

The Angel's Voice
Francisco Guerrero
Ensemble La Sestina
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697 82401 2
Guerrero: Missa Surge Propera
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 040
Guerrero: Motecta
Musica Ficta - Raúl Mallavibarrena
Cantus 9619
Guerrero: Misa "Puer natus est" / Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales
Capilla Peñaflorida - Josep Cabré
Almaviva 0126
Guerrero: Requiem
Orchestra of the Renaissance - Richard Cheetham & Michael Noone
Glossa 921402
Guerrero: Vespers for All Saints / Missa pro defunctis
Chapelle du Roi - Alistair Dixon
Signum 017
Guerrero: Missa Congratulamini Mihi / Motets
The Cardinall's Musick - Andrew Carwood
Hypertion 67836
Guerrero: Missa de la Batalla Escoutez
The Sixteen - Harry Christophers
Coro 16067
Guerrero: Canciones & Villanescas Espirituales
La Columbina
K617 196
Guerrero: Missa "Dormendo un giorno"
Musica Reservata de Barcelona - Peter Philips
RTVE Música 65186
Guerrero: Missa "Simile est renum coelorum" / Missa de la Batalla escoutez / Motets
The Choir of the Church of the Advent, Boston - Edith Ho
Arsis 113
Guerrero: Missa Sancta et immaculata
Choir of Westminster Cathedral / James O'Donnell
Hyperion 66910

And secular recordings:

Guerrero: Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales
La Trulla Bozes - Carlos Sandua
Almaviva 0143
Guerrero: Canciones y Villanescas Espirituales
Musica Ficta / Ensemble Fontegara - Raúl Mallavibarena
Enchiriadis 2018

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