Reading Bruno Turner's informative booklet notes, one is immediately aware that this double album is intended as a tribute to the greatness of Tomás Luis de Victoria together with some of his less well known contemporaries.
Victoria's music surely needs no introduction and here we have some of his more famous motets, including the impressive, "Super flumina Baylonis" and the popular "Salve Regina", an 11-minute tour de force of outstanding choral work. But the other composers represented here are also worthy of note, especially the underrated Alonso Lobo whose "O quam suavis est" features some striking polyphony.
The 1978 recording is excellent and the varied capabilities of the London Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble are well matched with the Pro Cantione Antiqua who are both directed with style and panache by Turner. This is a fine compendium of the best Spanish Renaissance music available which is surely attractive for those wishing to dip into this repertoire.
Copyright © 2008 by Gerald Fenech