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Officium Defunctorum / Missa Pro Defunctis A5
Morales, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Savall
Officium Defunctorum / Missa Pro Defunctis A5
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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Jordi Savall and his musicians recreate the starkly beautiful funeral music sung in Mexico City in 1559 at memorial ceremonies for Emperor Charles V. They perform Morales's score with a complement of cornet, sacbuts, and v...  more »

      
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All Artists: Morales, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Savall
Title: Officium Defunctorum / Missa Pro Defunctis A5
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Astree
Release Date: 2/8/2000
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 3298490099261, 713746152925

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Jordi Savall and his musicians recreate the starkly beautiful funeral music sung in Mexico City in 1559 at memorial ceremonies for Emperor Charles V. They perform Morales's score with a complement of cornet, sacbuts, and viols doubling the voices. (This was regularly done in 16th-century Spanish cathedrals; whether it was done at funerals is less clear.) Savall and his musicians are sensitive; and fascinating in the plainchant sequence Dies iræ, which is done with parallel fifths and similar embellishments. Ultimately, however, Savall is overly swayed by the music's simplicity: He makes Morales's music sound like the sort of austere workmanship one must admire but can rarely enjoy (like Shaker furniture or macrobiotic cuisine). --Matthew Westphal

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carchi | France | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The most touching and beautiful recording from a choral piece of the Spanish Renaissance period. Jordi Savall opens us doors of heaven. Really inspiring and grandiose. You absolutly have to own it !"
Spanish music is absolutely the best!
Michael | 02/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is the finest recording I have heard of any choral music. It simply leaves me awestruck. I cannot think while I listen to this. Morales writes such beautiful, deep harmonies, and this group is more than capable of performing this. I absolutely feel that Morales would approve! Also, the organum on this CD is phenomenal. I have heard nothing like it! This CD will take you to another world."
Absolutely beautiful!
Edward J. Valente | 02/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This matins and Requiem provides a transport back to the beginnings of the Tridentine reform of these services. The chants are beautiful, and the polyphony just stunning! The opening "Circumdederunt me" is worth the price of the entire CD, it is so poignant. Of equally exceptional character are the "Regem cui" refrains to Ps. 94 and its finale, and the "Dirige". The Requiem pieces are somewhat austere and solemn, and commendable for that reason. I recommend this CD highly."