In January 2013 I had the fortune to record this version of Estêvão Lopes Morago’s double-choir setting of the “refrain” for the litany pro Defunctis Jesu Redemptor. I’ve recorded it with Ensemble da Sé de Angra at Angra Cathedral during one of the group’s rehearsals for the concerts on 1, 2 and 3 February that year in Terceira Island. It was quite an interesting experience to join eight singers (1 singer-per-part) SATB+SATB and conduct the seven voices while singing.
I knew this work from the International Workshop “Évora Cathedral Music School”, where I sung it under the direction of Peter Philips, so it was quite a challenge to take the work, although it is now complicated, and rehearse it with amateur singers like me. Altough there are some flaws in this video (it was a rehearsal…) it is still the best version I came up at the time of this simple, but at the same time strinking work by Morago. Hope you like it.
In this performance Ensemble da Sé de Angra’s choir I is Carolina Barbosa (superius), Ana Sousa (altus), Luís Henriques (tenor) and Basílio Sousa (bassus); and choir II is Sara Vieira (superius), Raquel Barbosa (altus), Ricardo Costa (tenor) and Jorge Barbosa (bassus).