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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

Recordings
'Lobo: Missa Maria Magdalene' (CDGIM031)
Lobo: Missa Maria Magdalene
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM031 
'Mortuus est Philippus Rex' (CDH55248)
Mortuus est Philippus Rex
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55248  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'New World Symphonies – Baroque Music from Latin America' (CDA30030)
New World Symphonies – Baroque Music from Latin America
Buy by post £8.50 CDA30030  Hyperion 30th Anniversary series  
'New World Symphonies' (CDA67380)
New World Symphonies
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'Requiem' (CDGIM205)
Requiem
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM205  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Victoria: Requiem' (CDGIM012)
Victoria: Requiem
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM012 
'Victoria: The Victoria Collection' (GIMBX304)
Victoria: The Victoria Collection
GIMBX304  Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only  
Details
Track 11 on GIMBX304 CD1 [4'36] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Track 10 on CDGIM031 [4'11]
Track 13 on CDGIM205 CD2 [4'11] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 8 on CDA30030 [5'26] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 10 on CDH55248 [4'54] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Versa est in luctum
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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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Details for CDH55248 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-04610
Duration
4'54
Recording date
10 February 1998
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Morten Winding
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Mortuus est Philippus Rex (CDA67046)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: September 1998
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDH55248
  2. Mortuus est Philippus Rex (CDH55248)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: August 2009
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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