Lobo Missa Vox Clamantis
and works by Guerrero, Victoria, Vivanco
Truro Cathedral Choir
‘As austerely beautiful as the cathedrals that it filled, the music of the Spanish Renaissance stands apart from its Italian and French counterparts. It’s a sound world of pointed arches and thrusting verticals that has little interest in anything as insipid as loveliness... Gray’s energised, forward-driving phrasing and the forthright delivery of Truro’s fine choristers, makes for an exciting performance...polyphony that never loses momentum, pushing right through to the sudden, welcome stillness of the solo.’ Gramophone September 2017
‘Many real trebles adorn the upper registers of the excellent Truro Cathedral Choir in more Iberian repertoire. ...brightly resonant acoustics and clear recording afford no hiding place: just as well, therefore, that they set high standards with plenty of fine phrasing, full-blooded tone, dynamic contrast and a cheery lack of self-indulgence. ’
Choir and Organ March 2018
‘If you love choral music of the Renaissance, this is a disc you should not miss.’
MusicWeb May 2018
Recorded in the glorious acoustic of Truro Cathedral the first recording from the critically-acclaimed choir of Truro Cathedral, directed by Christopher Gray, of Spanish and Portuguese polyphony.
The recording features works from the Golden Age of Renaissance polyphony, including two major mass settings by Victoria (Missa Simile est regnum coelorum) and Lobo (Missa Vox Clamantis), together with Guerrero’s motet on Simile est regnum coelorum, Vivanco’s large-scale eight-part setting of the Magnificat, and Victoria’s ever-popular motet O quam gloriosum.
O quam gloriosum est regnum (à 4) – Tomás Luis de Victoria (c1548–1611) 2:22
Missa Vox Clamantis (à 6) – Duarte Lobo (c1565–1646) 22:53 2 Kyrie 4:16
Agnus Dei I 1:29
Agnus Dei II 1:37
Edition by Lynne Gamblin
Magnificat Octavi Toni (à 8) – Sebastián de Vivanco (c1551–1622) 10:00
Simile est regnum caelorum (à 4) – Francisco Guerrero (1528–99) 4:25
Missa Simile est regnum caelorum (à 4) – Victoria 21:44
Agnus Dei I and II 1:41
Agnus Dei III 2:18
Total Playing time: 61:26
Recorded on 17–20 May 2016 in Truro Cathedral by kind permission of the Chapter
Recognised as one of the finest cathedral choirs in the UK, the Choir of Truro Cathedral have a growing discography promoting contemporary British composers, including discs of music by Philip Stopford (Do not be afraid, REGCD400), and Gabriel Jackson (Vox Clara, REGCD479 – Gramophone Editor’s Choice), as well as a disc to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Cathedral, including many new commissions (Truro 125, REGCD422). Other recordings include ‘A Year at Truro’ (REGCD377), ‘Blow out ye Bugles’ – music from the time of the First World War (REGCD451), and a disc of music by Benjamin Britten (REGCD349).