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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: 5 minutes 34 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)

Mortuus est Philippus Rex
composer
1598; 7vv; 'in exequiis Catholici Regis Philippi ij'
author of text

At the time of King Philip’s death Ambrosio Cotes was maestro de capilla at Valencia Cathedral. His grand motet for seven voices, surviving in part-books kept at the Royal College of Corpus Christi (familiarly ‘The Patriarca’) in Valencia, bears the superscription ‘In exequiis Catholici Regis Philippi ij’. There can be little doubt that it was composed for a memorial service celebrated at the cathedral soon after the royal exequies had taken place in Madrid on 18 and 19 October 1598, some five weeks after Philip’s death and prompt burial at the Escorial.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1998

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