Luca Marenzio, better known for his madrigals than his sacred music although he did produce one book of sacred madrigals his Motectorum pro festis totius anni in 1585 from which this setting of O Rex gloriae (O King of glory) the Antiphon to the Magnificat for Second Vespers at Ascension comes. It’s a four-part setting (SATB) that’s dramatic, colourful, and very madrigalian in form. It’s performed here by the Coro de Cámara de Madrid as part of the International Festival of Toledo conducted by Ana Fernández-Vega. Enjoy :-).
Text & Translation: O Rex gloriae
O Rex gloriae, Domine virtutum,
O King of glory, Lord of all power,