SATURDAY 9
8.30 p.m.

ÚBEDA
Sacred Chapel of El Salvador

 

CHOIR OF THE QUEEN’S COLLEGE, OXFORD
Owen Rees, director

 

“Reina del cielo”: Mexican polyphony in honour of the Virgin

 

Tonight’s concert presents sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music from Mexico in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patron of the great cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City which were principal centres for the cultivation of music in colonial Mexico. We include works by four of the most important composers of church music working in Mexico during that period: Hernando Franco, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Francisco López Capillas, and Juan García de Céspedes. We also reflect the abundant importation of Old-World polyphony into Mexico by performing two motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria that were copied and sung in both Puebla and Mexico City cathedrals.

PROGRAM

FIRST PART

Hernando Franco (c.1530-1585)
Salve regina (5vv)

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (1590-1664)
Mass Ego flos campi (8vv)
Kyrie
Gloria

Francisco López Capillas (1614-1674)
Aufer a nobis (4vv)

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
Mass Ego flos campi (8vv)
Credo

Stabat Mater (4vv)

Mass Ego flos campi (8vv)
Sanctus
Agnus Dei

SECOND PART

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Nigra sum sed formosa (6vv)

Juan García de Céspedes (c.1619-1678)
Salve regina (7vv)

Francisco López Capillas
Magnificat (8vv)

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Vidi speciosam (6vv)

Duration: 75’

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FUNDACIÓN CASA DUCAL DE MEDINACELI

CONCERT RECORDED BY RADIO CLÁSICA (RNE)

 

Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford

Owen Rees, director

Owen Rees, director. He is both performer and scholar, his scholarship consistently informing his performances. Through his extensive work as a choral director, he has brought to the concert hall and recording studio substantial repertories of magnificent Renaissance and Baroque music, including many previously unknown or little-known works from Spain and Portugal. He has been Director of Music at The Queen’s College, Oxford, since 1997, and is Professor in Music at the University of Oxford. He directs the early-music ensemble Contrapunctus. He began his conducting career while studying at Cambridge, and after graduating directed the Cambridge Taverner Choir from 1987 and A Capella Portuguesa from 1990. He has conducted at festivals worldwide, and is in demand as a leader of workshops on performance of Renaissance polyphony.

Choir of the Queen’s College, Oxford. It is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Its wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of Renaissance and Baroque music and contemporary works. During the academic year it provides the music for regular services in the splendid Baroque Chapel of The Queen’s College. Its extensive concert schedule involves appearances in many parts of the UK and abroad, including work with various professional orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Brook Street Band, and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, and it broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio. Tours in recent years have included China, the USA, Sri Lanka, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, the Low Countries, and Germany.

By Nick Rutter

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