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Salve regina

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Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary from Trinity until Advent

Melchor Robledo sang at the Royal Chapel in Granada before being appointed maestro de capilla at Tarragona Cathedral, and subsequently at Zaragoza. This extensive setting of the Salve regina alternates polyphony with the solemn ‘Salve’ chant, using the version in common usage in Spain during the sixteenth century, here taken from Luis de Villafranca’s plainsong instruction book, published in Seville in 1565. The two outer polyphonic sections are in six parts, while the inner section uses just the four upper parts. Robledo’s approach to the harmonic contradictions that sometimes arise as a result of the modality is to allow space for both, giving rise occasionally to distinctive and colourful moments.

from notes by Charles Cole © 2020


Sacred treasures of Spain
Studio Master: CDA68359Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Part 1: Salve regina
Track 8 on CDA68359 [2'34]
Part 2: Ad te clamamus
Track 9 on CDA68359 [3'02]
Part 3: Eia ergo, advocata nostra
Track 10 on CDA68359 [0'36]
Part 4: Et Jesum benedictum fructum
Track 11 on CDA68359 [4'04]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68359 track 8

Salve regina
Recording date
20 November 2017
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Sacred treasures of Spain (CDA68359)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2020
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