Villa-Lobos - Missa Sao Sebastiao and other sacred music
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Label: Hyperion - Helios
Cat No: CDH55470
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd June 2014
WorksAve Maria a 5
Ave Maria a 6
Cor dulce, cor amabile
Missa Sao Sebastiao
Sub tuum praesidium
Sacred choral music by Brazil’s most famous composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed by one of Hyperion’s best-loved recording groups.
These works were written as part of Villa-Lobos’s grand plan to revitalize music education in his native country. The human voice, an instrument acquired free of charge by every person in the nation, was seen by Villa-Lobos as the principal performing medium, particularly in massed choral form. Canto orfeônico (choral singing) became the order of the day.
Among the performances Villa-Lobos directed was the Brazilian premiere of Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. This led to him to write his own a cappella Mass, Missa São Sebastião (St Sebastian being the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro), the major work on this album.
In fact the Missa São Sebastião had not been a sudden isolated instance of sacred composition from Villa-Lobos. From his earliest years as a serious composer he had written many motets. The Corydon Singers perform a rich selection of these.
‘The whole disc is a bright feather in the Corydon cap’ - Organists’ Review
‘Une qualité d’interprétation en tous points remarquable … ceux qui aiment la musique chorale seront tout simplement comblés’ - Diapason, France
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