From Spain to Eternity: The Sacred Polyphony of El Greco’s Toledo
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Label: Deutsche Grammophon - Archiv
Cat No: 4792610
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd June 2014
Ave Regina caelorum
Missa Prudentes virgines
Versa est in luctum
Clamabat autem mulier Chananea
Expandit Sion manus suas
Miserere mei, Deus
Rex autem David
ArtistsEnsemble Plus Ultra
In 2011 DG released a spectacular 10-CD anthology on Archiv Produktion with Ensemble Plus Ultra (EPU), “the finest British early music singers” (Early Music Today), commemorating the 400th anniversary of Tomas de Victoria’s death. This box won a Gramophone award.
Now the award winning ensemble is back, with a major recording project to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco in 2014 – composers including Cristobal de Morales, Alonso Lobo and Alonso de Tejeda were prolific in Toledo during the 37 years El Greco lived and worked there, and much of this music certainly inspired his painting.
Morales is THE Spanish composer of the Renaissance. Kapellmeister at the cathedral in Toledo, but also in Italian cities, he is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria. Almost all of his music is sacred, and all of it is vocal.
Pieces by Lobo and Tejeda make a wonderful conclusion to the disc – all in all a varied program, and encompassing three composers from Toledo during the time of El Greco.
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