Villa-Lobos - Missa Sao Sebastiao and other sacred music | Hyperion - Helios CDH55470

Villa-Lobos - Missa Sao Sebastiao and other sacred music

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55470

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd June 2014



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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