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The Penitent Magdalen by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)
Private Collection / © Agnew's, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67836
Recording details: November 2009
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: August 2010
Total duration: 5 minutes 23 seconds

'This latest addition to Guerrero's discography is especially to be welcomed for his fine Mass on a motet by Thomas Crecquillon, in which one hears echoes of the style of Guerrero's near-direct contemporary, Palestrina. Like its model it is a joyful, extrovert piece, to which Andrew Carwood's singers respond with an equal measure of buoyancy and vigour' (Gramophone)

'This Mass, beautifully sung by The Cardinall's Musick, reflects Guerrero's soaring style' (The Independent)

'Since 1989, Andrew Carwood has nurtured the group to its current status as a leading exponent of Renaissance music, retaining the essential quality of individual vocal timbres that contribute to a refined, characterful mix and with a polish that is second to none … this entire disc is captivating in its fluency and expressive power' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This is one of the finest Guerrero discs … Carwood has given us a program of the highest distinction … it is beyond excellent' (Fanfare, USA)

Post dies octo
composer
SSTTB
author of text
John 20: 26-29

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
After eight days, the euphoria of Easter has passed and the disciples are huddled together in a room with the doors closed, fearing for their safety. Guerrero chooses to use a narrow compass for the voices, perhaps to mirror the clandestine nature of the surroundings. Christ appears and pronounces his benediction and asks the doubtful Thomas to touch his wounds so that his faith can be truly grounded. Guerrero points many of the salient phrases with homophony but indulges in some writing which sounds more reminiscent of the approaching style of Monteverdi (at the end of the first section, for example). However, the intimate nature of this narrative is preserved throughout, even in the concluding Alleluias.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2010

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