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Program: #09-43, Air Date: 10/19/09

A three-CD set by Jordi Savall featuring music by three great composers of the Spanish Golden Age: Morales, Guerrero, and Victoria. NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the recording Maestros del Siglio de Oro, a three-CD compilation with Hesperion XX and La Capella Reial de Catalunya directed by Jordi Savall. It is on the Alia Vox label, and is CD #AVSA 9867 A/C.

I. Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500-1553)

  • Officium Defunctorum (as presented in Mexico, November 1559, to commemorate the death of Emperor Charles V)
  • AD MATUTINUM (At Matins)--Circumdederunt ("The sorrows of death have compassed me")
  • INVITATORIUM--Regem cui vivunt; Ps. 94: Venite ("The King, unto whom all things do live"/"O come, let us sing unto the Lord")
  • IN PRIMO NOCTURNO (In the First Nocturne): Verse: A porta infieri ("From the gates of hell")
    Lectio 1-3 (Lessons, from Job 7 & 10): Parce mihi Domine ("I loathe my life, I would not live forever")
  • IN SECUNDO NOCTURNO (In the Second Nocturne): Verse: Collocet eos ("Our Lord can set them with the princes")
    Responsorium: Ne recorderis ("Remember not, O Lord, my sins")
  • Missa pro defunctis a 5 (Rome, 1544).

II. Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599):

Sacrae Cantiones (Motets in 4, 5, 6, 8, & 12 voices; Seville 1555; Venice: 1570, 1589, 1597)

  • Ave Maria a 4 ("Hail Mary, full of grace")
  • Alma Redemptoris mater ("Blessed Mother of the Savior")
  • Beata Dei genetrix, Maria ("Blessed Mother of God, Mary")
  • Pater Noster ("Our Father")
  • O Domine Jesu Christe ("O Lord Jesus Christ, I adore thee")
  • O sacrum convivium ("O holy banquet in which we eat the body and blood of Christ")
  • O Laudate Dominum de caelis ("Praise the Lord of the heavens")
  • Gabriel archangelus ("The archangel Gabriel spoke to the Virgin, saying")
  • Ave virgo sanctissima ("Hail, most holy Virgin")
  • Salve Regina ("Hail Queen, Mother of Mercy")
  • Regina caeli ("Queen of Heaven, rejoice")
  • O Altitudo divitiarum (instr.)
  • Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria ("Take me with thee, Virgin Mary")
  • Duo Seraphim ("Two angels proclaimed one to the other")
  • Ave Maria a 8

III. Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611):

Cantica Beatae Virginis

  • Ave Maria a 4
  • Gaude, Maria Virgo (1572--"Rejoice, Virgin Mary")
  • Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria (1583--"Take me with thee, Virgin Mary")
  • Salve Regina (1572--"Hail Queen, Mother of Mercy")
  • Ave Regina caelorum (1572--"Hail, Queen of the Heavens")
  • Sancta Maria, succure miseris (1572--"Holy Mary, aid the unfortunate")
  • Ne timeas, Maria (1572--"Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace in the eyes of the Lord")
  • Senex, Puerum portabat (1572--instr.)
  • O magnum mysterium (1572--"O great mystery and admirable sacrament")
  • Vidi speciosam sicut columbam (1572--""I have seen her, as beautiful as a dove")
  • Magnificat Primi toni (1600--""My soul doth magnify the lord")

Composer Info

Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500-1553), Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599), Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611),

CD Info

CD #AVSA 9867 A/C.