FRANCISCO DE PENALOSA (C. 1470-1528): MISSA NUNCA FUE PENA MAYOR
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Code: GLOSSA 922305
|ARTISTS: Les Sacqueboutiers, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Dominique Vellard, direction.
Hymn: Sacris solemniis
Motets: Tribularer, Memorare Piissima, Ave Vera caro Christi, Transuente Domino, Inpassione positus Iesus.
Instrumental: Tiento xix (Julius de Modens), O bone Iesu, Tres II (anonymous)
Dominique Vellard’s interest in music from the Iberian Renaissance has been constantly reflected in the performances and recordings of his Ensemble Gilles Binchois across the last three decades and all his experience and insight in this area is now being brought to bear on a new recording (a sparkling addition to his work for Glossa) of the Missa Nunca fue pena mayor by Francisco de Penalosa, a composer who Vellard regards as being “a composer of extreme importance and a ‘classic’ of the Spanish Renaissance long before Cristobal de Morales.”
In addition to the Mass – regarded as Penalosa’s masterpiece – Vellard adds a selection of motets and hymns, which includes not just Sacris solemniis but also the Memorare Piissima. Dominique Vellard (together with four other singers specially chosen for this repertoire) is joined in these performances – made in Maguelone Cathedral – by the rich instrumental brass talents of the Toulouse-based Les Sacqueboutiers, led by Jen-Pierre Canihac and Daniel Lassalle.
This Glossa release, demonstrating once more the label’s happy and skilled flair with early music from Spain, adds significantly to the meager selection of recordings devoted to the music of Francisco de Penalosa, one which is graced inside by a thoughtful essay on the composer by the leading scholar of all that there is in early Iberian music, Tess Knighton.