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Pastores loquebantur

author of text
Luke 2: 15b-16

Francisco Guerrero, named after St Francis of Assisi on whose feast day he was born in 1528, was a chorister at Seville Cathedral, where he returned in later life as maestro de capilla. Whilst returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he was twice captured and ransomed by pirates, a story detailed in an account he published about his journey to Jerusalem. His music was published in the furthest reaches of the Spanish Empire, as far away as Mexico and South America. A 1585 Roman publication of sacred motets by Victoria additionally includes two works by Guerrero, including the six-part Pastores loquebantur, whose text is based on Luke’s account of the shepherds. The rhythmic excitement as the shepherds are depicted hurrying to Bethlehem (‘Et venerunt festinantes’) gives way to a broader sense of majesty as they encounter the holy family: ‘Mariam et Joseph, et infantem.’

from notes by Charles Cole © 2020


Sacred treasures of Christmas
Studio Master: CDA68358Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on CDA68358 [4'02]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68358 track 7

Recording date
20 March 2020
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Sacred treasures of Christmas (CDA68358)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2020
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