ENSEMBLE PLUS ULTRA / FROM SPAIN TO ETERNITY

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ENSEMBLE PLUS ULTRA
FROM SPAIN TO ETERNITY

The Sacred Polyphony of
El Greco's Toledo
Int. Release 02 Jun. 2014
1 CD / Download
0289 479 2610 8 CD DDD AH
ARCHIV Produktion


Tracklisting

Alonso Lobo (1555 - 1617)
Cristóbal de Morales
Francisco Guerrero (1528 - 1599)
Alonso Lobo (1555 - 1617)
Missa "Prudentes virgines" a 5

4.
3:45

Missa "Prudentes virgines" a 5

5.
5:34

Missa "Prudentes virgines" a 5

6.
7:45

Missa "Prudentes virgines" a 5

7.
3:26

Missa "Prudentes virgines" a 5

8.
2:38

Missa "Prudentes virgines" a 5

9.
6:08

Cristóbal de Morales
Alonso de Tejeda (1540 - 1628)
11.
4:40

Cristóbal de Morales
Alonso de Tejeda (1540 - 1628)
Alonso Lobo (1555 - 1617)
Ensemble Plus Ultra

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:10:37

. . . [a] fascinating anthology of sublime five- and six-part motets and antiphons . . . ["Versa est in luctum"]: a weightless sheen of soaring harmonies.

Among its many treasures are Alonso Lobo's transcendent motet "Versa est in luctum" . . . -- its profoundly mournful sentiments imbued with a sense of raw, private grief, in contrast with the many larger-scale choral performances -- and the Lamentation "Expandit Sion manus suas" by Morales, the plangent, arching lines of which are hauntingly shaped in this account . . . ["Miserere mei, Deus"] plumbs the depths of human grief in its tenebrous colours and madrigalesque dissonances, starkly highlighted by individual voices here . . . [Lobo / Missa "Prudentes virgines"]: Thanks to the ensemble's modest resources, the contrapuntal brilliance of the Mass shines through, notably in the complex canonic Hosannas, where the delivery is clean and agile, the texture never muddied by the wash of sound produced by a large choir . . . The effect is still opulent: texts are painted with a vivid dynamic range . . . The results -- intimate yet intense -- are a fitting reflection of Counter-Reformation ethos . . .