Amarae Morti

Amarae Morti

by Peter PhillipsPeter Phillips

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Overview

A sublime survey of sacred music of the high Renaissance, Hyperion's 2018 release Amarae Morti offers transparent performances by Peter Phillips and the a cappella chamber choir El León de Oro. Covering music of the Franco-Flemish and Iberian schools, the program follows a trajectory from darkness to light, from somber motets by Dominique Phinot, Orlande de Lassus, Nicolas Gombert, and Manuel Cardoso to glorious works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Cristóbal de Morales, and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. There is a consistency of subjects in the program, which includes settings of the Lamentations, Media Vita, the Regina Coeli, and the Magnificat, revealing different treatments of these familiar texts and varying levels of complexity and contrapuntal mastery, which culminate in the magnificent polychoral works of Victoria and Palestrina. The 33-voice Spanish choir El León de Oro presents luminous interpretations of these sometimes melancholy but often ethereal pieces, and the direction of early music specialist Phillips, who also leads the famed Tallis Scholars, is as impeccable as ever, with an ear to finding the clearest textures in even the richest part writing. The album was recorded in the Church of St. James the Greater in Sariego, Asturias, so the pure 16th century counterpoint is heard to best advantage in its warmly vibrant acoustics.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2019
Label: Hyperion Uk
UPC: 0034571282794
catalogNumber: 68279
Rank: 105496

Tracks

  1. Laudate pueri, motet for 8 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6, & 8 voices)
  2. Regina Caeli, for 5 Voices
  3. Magnificat primi toni (all), for 8 voices & organ
  4. Regina coeli, antiphon for 8 voices & organ
  5. Lamentations for Maundy Thursday: Feria Quinta in Coena Domini
  6. Media vita in morte sumus, motet for 6 voices
  7. Regina coeli laetare, motet for 7 voices, M. xix (S. xix/84)
  8. Lamentationes Hieremiae (9), for 5 voices, H. xxii/3: Lamentatio tertia, primi diei: Jerusalem, Jerusale
  9. Lamentationes Hieremiae (9), for 5 voices, H. xxii/3: Lamentatio tertia, primi diei: Nun. Vigilavit iugu
  10. Lamentationes Hieremiae (9), for 5 voices, H. xxii/3: Lamentatio tertia, primi diei: Mem. De excelso mis
  11. Lamentationes Hieremiae (9), for 5 voices, H. xxii/3: Lamentatio tertia, primi diei: Lamed. O vos omnes
  12. Media vita in morte sumus, motet for 6 voices, M. ix (S. xiii/90)
  13. Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae, motet for 8 voices

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