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Classical - Released February 3, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released April 20, 2018 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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If we are to believe the archives of the Inquisition – and they knew a thing or two about partying – music played too big a role in a number of convents in the early Renaissance. Of course, plain-chant had always been a part of the liturgy, but it seems that the nuns were overstepping the mark and getting into playing all manner of contemporary music. This should hardly come as a surprise, as well-bred young women enjoyed a broad culture on the one hand, and their religious duties didn't take up so much time, leaving them with a lot of time to dedicate to less-holy activities on the other. These concerts were given in convent schools; but they were big draws. There was a limit to their musical possibilities: no male voices, of course, so the nuns had no choice but to give the tenor and bass parts to deeper instruments, which they would play themselves, such as bassoons or trombones. This album contains the movements that make up the full mass, mostly from the works of Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). But this is not an attempt to reproduce a particular mass: the documentation in those days wasn't precise enough to allow that. Rather, it is an "imaginary mass" from Renaissance Spain, with responses and plainsong interspersed among richly polyphonic movements. Of course, we only hear women's voices, as well as some purely-instrumental pieces. The album closes with Adorámoste Señor by Francisco de la Torre (1483-1507), which is almost a century older than the pieces by Victoria de la Torre from whom the ensemble Capella de la Torre took its name. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 20, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released October 16, 2015 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released May 22, 2015 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released September 15, 2017 | Musik Museum

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Classical - Released February 3, 2017 | deutsche harmonia mundi

Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Coviello Classics

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Classical - Released October 5, 2018 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released September 14, 2018 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released April 20, 2018 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released September 28, 2018 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released April 13, 2018 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released April 6, 2018 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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