Brief note about Noone’s recordings.
A BBC and TVE co-production about the great TLV, including some of his works played by the vocal group The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christopher.
We started with a piece by Victoria since today our programme will be devoted to him. To commemorate his death in Madrid 400 years ago, we will focus our attention on his works since having returned from Rome. We will listen to pieces included in his book of masses, motets and psalms from 1600, together with some others attributed to the Royal Chapel Master of that time, Philipp Rogier.
Completed in 2011, 400th anniversary of TLV’s death, the project of the Ensemble Plus Ultra directed by Michael Noone and devoted to the works TLV wrote in the 25 years he was living in Madrid. We are listening to the motet “Oh creador y fundamento de Astros!" included in CD9, just published last June.
We close TLV’s cycle with the music Alonso de Vicente, one of the most important musicologists specialized in TLV. He talked about his edition in 2008 of the letters from the composer, as well as about the different focuses on the performance of his music, the still hidden details of his biography, his masterpieces “Easter Service” or “Mass pro defunctis” and about the events held or still to hold in 2011 to commemorate the most important musical anniversary of the year.
Victoria pubished in the Royal Printing in Madrid in 1605 his last edition: Officium Defunctorum for the empress Maria de Austria, his protector during his time in Spain. We liste to this great piece, one of the best in his catalogue, by Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh as the conductor. We also listen to the motet Versa est in luctum by Alonso Lobo, one of Antonio de Cabezón ‘s pieces (the Empress childhood teacher) and Dies Irae from “Mass pro Defunctis” by Mateo Romero, master of the Royal Chapel in Victoria’s time.
We listened to some selected pieces from the volumes 9 and 10 of Victora collection by Ensemble Plus Ultra and Michael Noone. We could enjoy the pieces Salve Regina, Ave maris stella, Ego sum panis vivus, Tantum ergo, Surrexit pastor bonus and Magi viderunt stellam, among others.We listened to some Luis de Pablo’s music inspired in different motets by Victoria: Modules VI and Drunk Elephants I.
The programme is devoted to three Spanish groups who recorded TLV’s music in the last three years. We listen to the unknown psalms for vespers in the manuscript 130 in the Library Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome by La Colombina, a selection of the 18 Responsories Tenebrae by Musica Ficta and Raúl Mallavibarrena, and some motets from the last disc-book by Capella de Ministrers named Canticum Nativitatis Domini.