One of the features of Guerrero’s music is the number of outstanding motets he wrote on texts praising the Virgin, to such a degree that commentators in his lifetime and beyond have been tempted to say that he had a fixation about her. His contemporaries even called him ‘El cantor de Maria’. But this is really a tribute to the power of his music, since Mary has been of central importance to most Catholic composers, even if they could not match Guerrero’s balance and serenity. Beata Dei genitrix
is one of the most admired, its gentle mood culminating in a plea ‘pro devoto femineo sexu’ (‘for all women devoted to God’), asking the Virgin to intercede for them.
from notes by Peter Phillips © 2005