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The Burial of Count Orgaz by Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) (1541-1614)
Oronoz, Madrid
Track(s) taken from CDGIM012
Recording details: Unknown
St John-at-Hackney, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: September 1987
Total duration: 4 minutes 36 seconds

'The Tallis Scholars add Alonso Lobo's fine and passionate Versa est in luctum as a most welcome makeweight … The Tallis Scholars are slightly better at projecting all the details of the six-voice polyphony and have the edge on intonation as well as diction … The Tallis Scholars produce a more convincingly Iberian sound, their sopranos finding it easier to project the open-throated quality that seems right for the music' (Gramophone)

'Inspiring and deeply moving' (The Daily Telegraph)

'One of the biggest audiences for a late-night prom I’ve ever seen' (The Guardian)

Versa est in luctum
composer
1598; 6vv; for the memorial of Philip II of Spain in Toledo Cathedral; 'Ad exequias Philip. II Cathol. Regis Hisp.'; published Liber primus Missarum, Madrid, 1602
author of text
Job; Office of the Dead

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Tenebrae, Nigel Short (conductor)
Alonso Lobo’s elegiac masterpiece Versa est in luctum was written for Philip’s memorial at Toledo Cathedral. It was published in the composer’s Liber primus missarum (Madrid, 1602) and is headed ‘Ad exequias Philip. II Cathol. Regis Hisp.’. It is one of a group of seven motets which follow six of Lobo’s Masses and they are described as ‘for devout singing at solemn Mass’. It is possible that Versa est in luctum was sung at the Missa pro defunctis which concluded the agenda mortuorum held at San Jerónimo el Real, the church, monastery and palace favoured by Philip in Madrid. There, on 19 October, the Archbishop of Toledo was the presiding celebrant of the final Requiem Mass. The proposed order of service (which survives) allowed for a motet to be sung at the Elevation of the Host, between the Sanctus and Benedictus. If Lobo was there with his singers, part of the Archbishop’s customary entourage, his motet may well have been sung. That is to speculate: what is certain is that this beautiful work has now become a much performed and frequently recorded favourite of choirs, professional and amateur.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1998


Other albums featuring this work
'Lobo: Missa Maria Magdalene' (CDGIM031)
Lobo: Missa Maria Magdalene
'Mortuus est Philippus Rex' (CDH55248)
Mortuus est Philippus Rex
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55248  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'New World Symphonies – Baroque Music from Latin America' (CDA30030)
New World Symphonies – Baroque Music from Latin America
MP3 £4.00FLAC £4.00ALAC £4.00Buy by post £8.50 CDA30030  Hyperion 30th Anniversary series   Download currently discounted
'New World Symphonies' (CDA67380)
New World Symphonies
'Requiem' (CDGIM205)
Requiem
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM205  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Victoria: Requiem' (SIGCD248)
Victoria: Requiem
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 SIGCD248  Download only  
'Victoria: The Victoria Collection' (GIMBX304)
Victoria: The Victoria Collection
MP3 £15.99FLAC £15.99ALAC £15.99 GIMBX304  Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only  

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