Flight of Angels
All the music from the Choral Pilgrimage 2015.
The Sixteen take a trip back to 16th-century Spain and more specifically to one of the biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan cities on earth - Seville. It was during this 'golden age', when arts and culture flourished, that Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo made their mark. Between them these two composers captured an astonishing variety of moods within their music, from ecstasy and joy to despair, longing and devotional stillness.
The two composers were closely connected - Guerrero had a long and prestigious career in Seville and during his early years was much in demand as a singer and composer, establishing an exceptional reputation before his 30th birthday. Alonso Lobo assisted him at the Cathedral for two years before he was appointed maestro de capilla at Toledo in 1593. He returned to Seville in 1604 and remained in charge of the music there until his death some 12 years later.
'A fine celebration of two great Spanish composers.' BBC Radio 3 CD Review
'...an attractive programme [of] radiant music culminating in the extended beauties of Guerrero's Vexilla regis and the darker emotions of Lobo's Versa est in luctum...' Financial Times ★★★★
'Harry Christophers has assembled a delectable feast of motets and mass movements... The Sixteen perform with their customary poise, precision and passion.' Early Music Review
Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
1. Duo Seraphim a12
Alonso Lobo (1555-1617)
2. Kyrie (from Missa Maria Magdalene)
3. Libera me
4. Gloria (from Missa Surge propera)
5. Laudate Dominum a8
6. Maria Magdalene
7. Credo (from Missa de la batalla escoutez)
8. Vexilla Regis
9. Ave Regina caelorum
10. Ave Maria a8
11. Versa est in luctum
12. Agnus Dei I & II (from Missa Congratulamini mihi)
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 1hr 4mins