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The Immaculate Conception (detail) by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDA66168
Recording details: July 1985
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1986
Total duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds

'A record that should be on the shelves of every lover of Renaissance music' (The Musical Times)

Regina caeli a 8
composer
1584; Liber Vesperarum; 8vv
author of text
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Paschal Time

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Guerrero wrote two settings of this joyful Antiphon. In an intimate four-part version he used the local Spanish chant melody, but he produced the present grand eight-part one using the Roman melody, well known throughout Christendom. This came out in the Liber Vesperarum of 1584. Not startlingly antiphonal, it nevertheless is for eight voices distributed as two equal choirs. The ringing ‘Alleluia’ endings of each section show how vigorous Guerrero could be. It gives the lie to the impression that used to be passed on by music histories that would have Guerrero over-sweet, lacking the strength of Morales and Victoria.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1999


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