Francisco de Peñalosa: Lamentationes

Francisco de Peñalosa: Lamentationes

by New York PolyphonyNew York Polyphony

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)



The music of Spanish composer Francisco de Peñalosa, a generation older than Morales and 75 years or more ahead of Victoria, has only recently been rediscovered for the most part. On the evidence here it's wonderful, and casual listeners will be delighted to find that the dark sound characteristic of Spanish sacred music was very much present even at this early date. Sample the "Lamentationes Jeremiae" (Lamentations of Jeremiah), which fits the low male voices of New York Polyphony nicely. This quartet necessarily sings the music with one voice per part, which isn't ideal; Renaissance choirs were demonstrably larger. However, in this gloomy, intimate music the approach works reasonably well, and the ensemble is to be credited for taking on unfamiliar repertory. There are also two sections of a Peñalosa mass, motets by this composer, a pair of works by Francisco Guerrero, and a "Stabat mater" by the even earlier and more obscure Pedro de Escobar. BIS engineers have always presented this group effectively; here they choose the acoustically appropriate environment of Princeton Abbey with strong results. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2019
Label: Bis
UPC: 7318599924076
catalogNumber: 2407


  1. Lamentationes Jeremiae (Feria V)
  2. Stabat Mater
  3. Lamentationes Jeremiae (Feria VI)
  4. Missa"L'homme armé": Gloria in excelsis Deo

    1. Gloria in excelsis Deo
  5. Sancta Maria, motet for 3 voices
  6. Unica est columba mea, motet for 3 voices
  7. Missa"L'homme armé": Credo in unum Deum

    1. Credo in unum Deum
  8. Quae est ista formosa?, motet for 4 voices
  9. Antes que comáis a Dios, motet/canción
  10. Missa"L'homme armé": Agnus Dei

    1. Agnus Dei

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