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The Adoration of the Name of Jesus by Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) (1541-1614)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55248
Recording details: February 1998
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Morten Winding
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: September 1998
Total duration: 4 minutes 54 seconds

'One of the best CDs they have made, with some wonderfully intense readings' (Gramophone)

'Glorious' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Another distinguished release from the Westminster stable' (Classic CD)

'A superb disc' (Hi-Fi News)

'A fascinating programme' (Goldberg)

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

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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


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