• PC10304 Katalognummer
  • 7619990103047 EAN
  • CD Format
  • 2014 Utgivelsesår

A Corte Musical

Gonçalves, Rogério

anon | Gonçalves, Rogerio | Lésbio, Antonio Marques | Natividade, Frei Miguel da | Oliveira, Manuel de Botelho | Rego, Pedro Vaz | Santos, Frei Manuel dos

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Evora - Portuguese Baroque Villancicos

A la villa voy
Eu e vos, meu doce emprego
Sentada ao pe de hum rochedo
Suspenda toda a armonia

Gonçalves, Rogerio:
Ponteio barroco
Lundu da corte

Lésbio, Antonio Marques:
Ya las sombras de la noche
Dime como he de portarme

Natividade, Frei Miguel da:
O que assombro

Oliveira, Manuel de Botelho:
Ameacas o morrer

Rego, Pedro Vaz:
Amante Deus

Santos, Frei Manuel dos:
Mas no ay que admirar


In the 16th and 17th centuries, the city of Évora was one of the most important centres of Portuguese polyphony. The gothic Cathedral of Évora was the scene of the development of the so-called 'Portuguese School' which produced many important musicians who were also active in Spain and in the colonies of the New World. The Cathedral archive, housing numerous musical treasures, bears eloquent witness to this and Rogerio Gonçalves and A Corte Musical have now recorded a selection of sacred and secular villancicos from this source. The foundation on which the four singers present this rousing music is a colourful instrumental accompaniment consisting of Spanish harp and Spanish guitar, strings and percussion, amongst other instruments.

The villancico was originally a polyphonic Spanish song with a secular subject; it was soon incorporated into the Christian liturgy and frequently used at high holidays and other religious festive days. In the archive of Évora, there are villancicos with Spanish as well as Portuguese texts, which is a rarity. Here, we are well able to observe the cultural variety, individuality and expressiveness of (early) baroque Portuguese music in the alternation between vocal and instrumental music, and in the contrast between secular and sacred works.


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