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O Crux

Spanish Choral Music

  • Isaac Albéniz: Salmo VI del Oficio de difuntos
  • Enrique Granados:
  • Salve Regina
  • L'herba d l'amor
  • Manuel de Falla:
  • Invocatio ad Individuam Trinitatem
  • Atlántida
  • Amadeo Vives: O Salutaris
  • Fernando Sor: O Crux
  • Tomás Bretón: Salve Regina Montserratina
  • Hilarión Eslava:
  • O Sacrum convivium
  • Bone Pastor panis vere
  • Vicente Goicoechea:
  • Christus factus est
  • Ave Maria
  • Francisco Asenjo Barbieri:
  • Libera me, Domine
  • Versa est in luctum
  • Nicolás de Ledesma: Salve Regina
  • Felipe Pedrell:
  • A solis ortus cardine
  • O gloriosa Virginum
  • Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga: O salutaris hostia
  • Jesús Monasterio: Qui manducat meam carnem
CoroCervantes/Carlos Fernández Aransay
Guild GMCD7243 79m DDD
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This is a highly intriguing disc that confirms the high standard prevalent in the Iberian Peninsula with regards to the choral repertoire. Not only is the generation of '1927' well represented but there are a host of composers which hail from earlier, more Republican times. The subject is centred on Christ's crucifixion and the music on offer is stunningly sung by the CoroCervantes who obviously are very much at one with this style.

Composers such as Sor, Breton, Barbieri and Goicoichea may be rather unfamiliar names but one need not expect any lowering of standards, notwithstanding the deep, almost fanatic religious faith that tends to fill the pieces with some bias. If pressed to choose for a particular favourite, Juan Arriaga's 'O salutaris' would perhaps take the cake.

There are nineteen pieces in all and as such, this could be taken as an important sample of sacred music from the mystical and wonderful land of Spain.

Copyright © 2002, Gerald Fenech