Portuguese Songbook

Canções, Vilancicos e Motetes Portugueses
Séculos XVI-XVII
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Sony Vivarte 66288

Contents:

  1. António Marques Lésbio (1639-1709): Dexen que llore mi niño (vilancico à 6; 7 voices, recorder, bassoon, fiddle, percussion)
  2. Manuel Machado (c.1590-1646): Qué bien siente Galatea (romance à 3; 3 voices)
  3. Machado: Dos estrellas le siguen (coplas à 4; 5 voices, 2 recorders, 2 violins)
  4. António Pinheiro (c.1550-1617): Laetatus sum (Salmo 121 à 4; 5 voices)
  5. Gaspar Fernandes (c.1570-c.1629): Botay fora (vilancico à 6; 6 voices, percussion)
  6. Vicente Lusitano (c.1520-c.1560): Heu me Domine (motete à 4; 4 voices)
  7. Manuel de Tavares (c.1585-1638): Parce mihi Domine (motete à 7; 7 voices)
  8. Anon: Foyse gastamdo a esperança (voice, 2 recorders, 2 violins)
  9. Anon: Dipues vienes delhaldea (4 voices, 2 recorders, 2 violins)
  10. Anon: Na fomte esta Lianor (voice, 2 recorders, 2 violins)
  11. Anon: Quiem viese aquel dia (5 voices, 2 recorders, bassoon, fiddle, percussion)
  12. Filipe da Madre de Deus (c.1630-c.1690): Antonya Flaciquia Gasipà (negro de navidad à 5; 6 voices, recorder, bassoon, 2 fiddles, percussion)

Performers: Marie-Claude Vallin (soprano), Lize van Jaarsveld (soprano), Katelijne Van Laethem (soprano), Pascal Bertin (alto), Marius van Altena (tenor), Stéphane van Dyck (tenor), Harry van der Kamp (bass), Bart Coen (recorders), Peter De Clercq (recorders, tambourine), Michèle Van den Broucque (bassoon), An Van Laethem (violin, fiddle), René Van Laken (violin, rebec, fiddle, tambourine, bass drum)

Playing time: 76'

Recording date: March 1994

Compilation:
Sony Classic SBG 7478442 [CDx15] A secret Labyrinth

Along with some more traditional articulation in many of the pieces, especially the all-vocal motets, this recording includes some period slang pronunciation, especially in the last piece.

Another fine recording focusing on secular pieces of the period:

O Lusitano
Portuguese vilancetes, cantigas and romances
Gérard Lesne / Circa 1500
Virgin Veritas 59071

Recordings of related repertory by the Huelgas Ensemble:

Las Ensaladas
El Fuego / La Negrina / La Justa
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Sony Vivarte 46699
Tears of Lisbon
16th Century Arts Songs / Traditional Fado
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Sony Vivarte 62256

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Todd M. McComb