Akira Tachikawa (countertenor), Carlos Mena (countertenor), Eric Tremolières (tenor), Christophe Einhorn (tenor), Hervé Lamy (tenor), Dominique Vellard (tenor), Philippe Balloy (bass), Jacques Bona (bass)
Playing time: 58'
Recording site and date:
Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thièrache, France [09/1997];
,  EMI Classics 0946 3 61524 2 4 Music of the Renaissance: The Da Vinci Collection
Although he has not been widely recorded, the Portuguese composer active in Spain, Pedro de Escobar (c.1465-c.1535), has long been considered one of the most important Iberian musicians of the generation of Josquin. His output is typical of the time, including several mass cycles, some other mass movements, a collection of motets and hymns, a series of villancicos, and especially the present Requiem.
Escobar's 4-part Requiem is the earliest known by an Iberian composer, leading directly to the important series of settings by Vásquez, Morales, Victoria and others. However, these settings frequently use differing texts. The present service is completed with plainchant from Iberian sources of the period.
Another recording devoted to Escobar by a related ensemble:
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A recording of more old-fashioned Spanish music from this period by the present ensemble:
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