Cardoso - Missa Secundi Toni and Other Works | Toccata Classics TOCC0476

Cardoso - Missa Secundi Toni and Other Works


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0476

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd March 2018



Manuel Cardoso (1566Ė1650) was one of the most important composers of the golden age of Portuguese polyphony around the turn of the seventeenth century. But modern choirs have been surprisingly slow to explore the rich legacy of his compositions. This is the first recording of his Missa Secundi Toni, probably first published in 1636. It is also the first recording of any of Cardosoís works with brass consort, its dark colours providing an effective contrast with the young voices of the Girton College Choir. Cardosoís music in set in context with motets by three of his Portuguese contemporaries, EstÍv„o de Brito, Filipe de Magalh„es and EstÍv„o Lopes Morago.

Gareth Wilson studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Edinburgh University and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He became a Fellow there, and subsequently lecturer, in Academic Studies between 2000 and 2004. At the same time, he joined the Music Department at Kingís College London (KCL) and, in 2012, was appointed an academic professor at the Royal College of Music. In 2014 he was appointed Acting Director of the Chapel Choir of KCL. Gareth was appointed Director of Chapel Music and Bye-Fellow at Girton College in the University of Cambridge, where he is also a member of the Music Faculty, in the summer of 2015. He also lectures for the Royal College of Organists, works as a freelance choral conductor, is Director of Music at Christ Church, Chelsea, and is a composer.

Girton College Chapel Choir has gained an impressive reputation as one of the most distinguished mixed-voice choirs at the University of Cambridge. As an international prize-winning ensemble comprising around 26 students, it has built its reputation through regular choral services in Girton College chapel and frequent performances in parish churches and cathedrals across the UK. Choir members are all undergraduate or graduate students at Cambridge University. The choir has sung for the United Nations, as specially approved by the then Secretary General Kofi Annan, for the Duke of Edinburgh, the late Queen Mother, and the late Pope John Paul II.

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