Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Missa Sancta Maria à 4 Voci da Capella (Mass of Thanksgiving) – Cantores Musicæ Antiquæ, Live performance

Monteverdi’s ‘Mass of Thanksgiving’ or Solemn Mass for the Feast of Sancta Maria della Salute to give it its formal title was specially composed for performance on 21 November 1631 during the ceremonial Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Mark’s Basilica held to give thanks for Venice’s delivery from the ravages of the…

Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650): Missa Miserere mihi Domine

Miserere mihi, Domine, et exaudi orationem meam. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, and hearken unto my prayer. The  penitential chant Miserere mihi, Domine is the Psalm antiphon for Sunday Compline, Cardoso set this Mass using it as the Cantus Firmus. As with other Portugese sacred polyphony from the first half of the seventeenth century…

Feature: Duarte Lôbo (±1565-1646): Missa Pro Defunctis a8

On September 21st 2012 I posted two motets by Duarte Lôbo Pater Peccavi ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMKib… ) and Audivi vocem de cælo ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64cGZ… ) they’re the only two of Lôbo’s motets that have survived and are not only beautiful and interesting pieces of music in and of themselves but are also interesting because Lôbo wrote…