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Regina caeli a 8
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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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Details for CDA66168 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-85-16806
Duration
4'25
Recording date
3 July 1985
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance (CDA66168)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: December 1986
    Deletion date: May 2010
    To be superseded by CDH55430
  2. Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance (CDH55430)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 2015
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon February 2015 Release
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