Like most of his Cristóbal de Morales’ motets his setting of the Marian antiphon Regina caeli is a five-part setting. It probably dates from fairly late on in his career and in one way is fairly conventional in that it quotes the chant fairly heavily. Conventional? I’d prefer to say that it’s a great example of de Morales’ ingenuity he quotes the chant it is true, but listen to what he does with it giving it to the higher voices – the sopranos and the altos to sing it in canon at the lower fifth and providing them with some wonderfully light and delicate ornamentation like a musical filigree to show what they can do. Enjoy :-).
Cristóbal de Morales (±1500 –1553): Regina caeli
Regina caeli laetare, alleluia.
Queen of heaven rejoice, alleluia.
Performers: Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by James O’Donnell