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Morales: Requiem - Music for Philip II /Gabrieli Consort · McCreesh
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on 31 August 2014
This is an absolutely stunning CD. Placing the music in the context of the mass creates a special listening experience. You would think that including chants of the gospel would be tedious but I found it had exactly the opposite effect. You can clearly imagine what it must have been like to witness the funeral mass for Philip II. The predominance of the lower voices and the wonderfully resonant recording brings to life this dark magnificient music. The opening "Invitatorium" with alternate chant and polyphony is awesome.
It is easy to understand why Morales was considered the greatest Spanish composer of the first half of the sixteenth century.
The beautiful motet "Versa est in luctum" by Alonso Lobo concludes an exceptional musical experience.
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on 22 June 2014
Outstanding!!----- ------as is usual in my experience of Paul Mceesh and the Gabrieli Coonsort.
also wonderful value for money at the price
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 24 March 2010
This is another of Paul McCreesh's reconstructions of masses "as they might have been celebrated" and this is well up to standard. Never shy of employing immense musical forces where appropriate, McCreesh is very restrained here with the accompaniment being limited to a single dulcian-like instrument which adds depth and sonority to the sound but never dominates the singers. It is more in the style of his excellent recording of Victoria's Requiem Victoria : Requiem : Officium Defunctorum (1605) /Gabrieli Consort · McCreesh than, say, the Venetian Vespers Venetian Vespers (Monteverdi · Rigatti · Grandi· Cavalli) /Gabrieli Consort & Players · McCreesh. Because it is a reconstruction of the service there is a lot of chant of various kinds between the polyphonic movements of the mass, which I like a lot: as Tess Knighton once put it, the polyphonic movements are like "galleons sailing on a sea of chant," and it works very well.

Morales's Requiem is a profound, moving work of great beauty. McCreesh paces it very slowly which, combined with the low pitch and very resonant acoustic, brings out for me the ceremony and pathos of a funeral service without ever becoming tedious or maudlin. These characteristics also produce a very full, smoothed-out sound so it's not a recording for anyone who wants to pick out individual lines in the polyphony, but for a really beautiful musical experience you can't go wrong here.

In short, this is a very beautiful disc, full of scholarship, fine music and excellent performances. Very warmly recommended.
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on 2 November 2008
glorious, solemn reconstructions of these pieces, some of which were performed not only in Spain but in the New World.
Circumdederunt is one of the most awesome Rennaissance motets, and this is the best performance I've ever heard.
Dark-hued and terrifically Hispanic, one can practically feel the church draped in black and the hatchments placed against the wall...
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on 4 October 2013
Dramatic, sung in a manner presumably appropriate to the period; needs concentration and dedication to follow from a five-part score!
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