Cardoso: Missa Miserere mihi Domine

Cardoso: Missa Miserere mihi Domine / Magnificat
Ensemble Vocal Européen - Philippe Herreweghe
Harmonia Mundi 901543
Harmonia Mundi "musique d'abord" 195 1543


    Missa Miserere mihi Domine
  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Motet - Sitivit anima mea
  5. Sanctus. Benedictus
  6. Motet - Non mortui qui sunt in inferno
  7. Agnus Dei I & II
  8. Magnificat Secundi Toni

Performers: Christine Brandes, Sophie Daneman, Annette Schneider, Ellen Van Ham, Dominique Verkinderen (sopranos); Beat Duddeck, Betty Van de Berghe, Martin Van der Zeijst (altos); Paul Agnew, Simon Davies, Simon Berridge, Hervé Lamy (tenors); Peter Kooy, Adrian Peacock, Mitchell Sandler (basses)

Playing time: 52'

Recording date: October & November 1994

Frei Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650) entered a monastery in Lisbon in 1589 and remained there the rest of his life. This fact has been used partly to explain why his music continues to be clearly Renaissance in style well into the 17th century. However, other Portuguese composers of the period retained a similar style, especially those of the Alentejo School (Cardoso, Lobo, Magalhães).

Cardoso in particular seems to have incorporated some Baroque-style harmonic ideas into a contrapuntal style derived strictly from the Renaissance and Palestrina. His music is perhaps the most sumptuous of the group.

Another major recording devoted to Cardoso:

Cardoso: Requiem & Magnificat / Motets
Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips
Gimell 454 921

A few other recordings of music by the late-Renaissance Portuguese school:

Portuguese Polyphony
Ars Nova Ensemble - Bo Holten
Naxos 8.553310
Cardoso / Lobo
The Sixteen - Harry Christophers
Collins Classics 1407
Voces Angelicae
Portuguese Renaissance Church Music
Pro Cantione Antiqua - Mark Brown
Teldec (Das Alte Werk) 93690 (3 CDs)
Canções, Vilancicos e Motetes Portugueses
Séculos XVI-XVII
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Sony Vivarte 66288
Masterpieces of Portuguese Polyphony - I
Lôbo / Magalhães
William Byrd Choir - Gavin Turner
Hyperion 66218
Masters of the Royal Chapel, Lisbon
A Capella Portuguesa - Owen Rees
Hyperion 66725
Choral Music from the Portuguese Renaissance
Studium Chorale - Eric Hermans
Globe 5108
De Brito: Officium Defunctorum
Grupo Vocal Olisipo - Armando Possante
Movieplay Classics 3-11037

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Todd M. McComb