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Santa Maria Magdalena Penitent (detail) ((c1576)) by Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) (1541-1614)
Museu de Monserrat, Barcelona
Track(s) taken from CDGIM031
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1997
Total duration: 28 minutes 48 seconds

'The Tallis Scholars are on superb form, the overall sound vibrant and immediate with solo sections (such as the Benedictus) providing contrast through a more introspective approach. Even if you've never heard of Lobo, or have never bought a CD of late-Renaissance polyphony before, try this one—you'll be bowled over' (Gramophone)

Missa Maria Magdalene
composer
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Under the influence of Guerrero’s Maria Magdalene Lobo’s Mass is, at times, just as purely sonorous. Every major section begins with the opening notes of the Guerrero (in the Sanctus, in double counterpoint; in the Agnus, in stretto) which immediately establish a mood of unhurried grandeur. Rarely did Lobo feel inclined to break this up, and even in sub-sections which do not initially refer to the Guerrero the textures are spacious, as in the ‘Christe’. The main exceptions are the second ‘Kyrie’ and the ‘Hosanna’, which come closer to some of the sections in his motets – the phrases shorter, the texture lighter and the ‘Hosanna’, in particular, relying on cross-rhythms.

from notes by Peter Philips © 1997

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