A long weekend in Évora, full of excellent Portuguese polyphony – Duarte Lobo’s Missa Cantate Domino – and other motets by him and Estêvão Lopes Morago.
This is one work that hasn’t been recorded yet, one of the fine works of Portuguese polyphony, for it combines the homophonic polychoral characteristics with some other of Lobo’s writing-style for 8-voice part, like in the Missa pro Defunctis for eight voices.
This year we worked with The Tallis Scholars director, Peter Philips, and conductors Paulo Lourenço and Armando Possante, and also Pedro Teixeira, some of the finest Portuguese conductors of polyphony.
There were two concerts at Évora Cathedral at Saturday. First one by Officium – Grupo Vocal, directed by Pedro Teixeira, who presented in first modern audition the Mass for five voices, attributed to Manuel Rebelo, and also the Magnificat Primi Toni, also by this composer. At the evening, probably one of the finest polyphony concerts I have attended – Contrapunctus – a British ensemble directed by Owen Rees, which presented music by Manuel Cardoso and other Iberian composers, with great singers. Speechless. Only who actually attended the concert can have an idea of the quality of this group of young singers.