Codex Huelgas - Unpublished Poliphony

Codex Huelgas - Poliphonía Inédita
Voces Huelgas - Luis Lozano Virumbrales
Sony "Hispánica" 60844


  1. Planctus: Rex obit
  2. Conductus: Casta catholica
  3. Prosa: Flavit auster
  4. Motet: Ex illustri
  5. Planctus: O monialis concio
  6. Prosa: Cetus apostolici
  7. Motet: Catholicorum concio
  8. Organum, Gradual: Omnes de saba
  9. Planctus: Quis dabit
  10. Conductus: Ave, Maria
  11. Benedicamus: Virgini Maria
  12. Prosa: Nobis cedunt vetera
  13. Conductus: O gloriosa
  14. Planctus: Plange castella
  15. Organum, Alleluia: Quae est ista
  16. Conductus: Surrexit de tumulo
  17. Organum, Alleluia: Salve, Virgo
  18. Motet: Belial vocatur
  19. Planctus: Dum fernandus
  20. Fa Fa Mi / Ut Re Mi

Performers: Catalina Moncloa (voice), Rosa de Segovia (voice), Ligia Gutiérrez (voice), Marta Bornaechea (voice), Helia Martínez (voice), Margarita Arguedas (voice), Rosario Villamayor (voice), Nuria Llopis (harp), Pilar Tomás (portative organ), Luís Delgado (tromba marina)

Playing time: 62'

Recording date: June 1998 (Burgos)

This series of works from the Las Huelgas Codex shows some of the richness of the manuscript, one of the largest and most important for Ars Antiqua music, as well as one which includes some important early Ars Nova polyphony. The Monastery itself, located near Burgos, was one of the richest in Europe from the twelfth century onward.

The plainchant manuscripts of the monastery take up the Cistercian repertory, copying and revising it. The polyphony has become justifiably more famous, but is actually not the main bulk of the music.

Although the present title emphasizes polyphony, there is a broader range of music included. The monophonic planctus is one of the more intriguing parts of the program and relatively under-recorded.

The next recording in the series:

Codex Huelgas - Misa Santa Maria la Real
Voces Huelgas - Luis Lozano Virumbrales, dir.
Sony "Hispánica" 60846

Other volumes are apparently planned.

A recording from a similar source:

Codex de la Chartreuse Scala Dei - Tarragona, XIIIe siècle
Polyphonie en l'honneur de la Vierge Marie
Ensemble Ligeriana - Katia Caré
Jade 81269

Finally, previous recordings directed by Luis Lozano Virumbrales:

Códice de Madrid
Grúpo de Musica Alfonso X el Sabio / Polifonistas de Barcelona - Luis Lozano Virumbrales
Sony "Hispanicá" 60074
Codex Calixtinus
Missa de Sancti Jacobi
Grúpo de Musica Alfonso X el Sabio - Luis Lozano Virumbrales
Sony "Hispánica" 60075
Ritual Carolingio
Grúpo de Musica Alfonso X el Sabio - Luis Lozano Virumbrales
Sony "Hispánica" 62820

To purchasing information for this disc.

To FAQ references to this recording.

To FAQ CD index page.

Todd M. McComb