Estêvão Lopes Morago • Quem vidistis Pastores?

Video of the responsory Quem vidistis Pastores? by Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630), the third of his Christmas responsories for the office of Matins on Christmas Day. This is a quite lively work that explores very well the dialogue character of the text that is set. This is mostly achieved through a reduction of the texture to three voices in the answering parts (responsory and the verse) to which answers a “choir” of four voices in the repetendum “natum vidimus”.

This video was recorded in the church of Nossa Senhora da Guia of the Convent of S. Francisco (now Museum of Angra) during Ensemble da Sé de Angra’s concert in the Festival “Iberian Music 16 & 17th Centuries”, 31 July 2012. In this interpretation, Ensemble da Sé de Angra is Carolina Barbosa (superius), Ana Sousa (altus), Luís Henriques (tenor) and Jorge Barbosa (bassus).

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