Hyperion Records

Ave virgo sanctissima
composer
5vv SSATB; 1560s
author of text
Old Spanish Antiphon for the Nativity of St John the Baptist, 24 June

Recordings
'Guerrero: Missa Surge propera' (CDGIM040)
Guerrero: Missa Surge propera
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'Masters of The Royal Chapel, Lisbon' (CDA66725)
Masters of The Royal Chapel, Lisbon
'Miserere' (CDA67938)
Miserere
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'Renaissance Radio' (CDGIM212)
Renaissance Radio
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'The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe' (CKD052)
The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe
MP3 £8.00FLAC £10.00ALAC £10.00 CKD052  Download only  
'Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance' (CDA66168)
Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance
MP3 £6.99FLAC £6.99ALAC £6.99 CDA66168  To be superseded by CDH55430  
Details
Track 11 on CDA66725 [3'42] Archive Service
Track 15 on CDGIM212 CD1 [3'57] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 2 on CKD052 [4'38] Download only

Ave virgo sanctissima
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Francisco Guerrero’s five-voice Marian motet Ave virgo sanctissima was written in the 1560s. The Iberian fervour of Spanish Renaissance music is unmistakeable, and Guerrero ruled musical hearts and minds in late-sixteenth-century Seville. Ave virgo sanctissima employs a canon at the unison between the two treble parts, a feature which drives the music forward with each successive entry of the canonic voices. The masterstroke is Guerrero’s imitative use of the opening four notes of the solemn-tone Salve regina chant, which is triggered by the otherwise unrelated appearance of the word ‘Salve’. In the canonic upper voices the motif is heard three times, with increasing urgency, on the first, second, and fifth degrees of the mode.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2013

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