3 Jul 2016

Alonso Lobo: Lamentations

Alonso Lobo: Lamentations
Westminster Cathedral Choir / Martin Baker

[...] Nothing, however, will prepare listeners for the beauty of Lobo’s lamentations. Those who know them from Bruno Turner’s 2002 recording with Musica Reservata de Barcelona will find this performance statelier. This is a good thing: as the cycle unfolds it becomes apparent that Lobo uses the Hebrew letters as elaborate weeping gestures, a point made by Bruno Turner in his sleeve notes. Listen especially to the first setting of Iod (track fourteen) as a heart-stopping example of the famous Westminster Cathedral treble sound. This, for me, is as good as it gets both in terms of performance and also in terms of a school of polyphony beyond the works of Victoria. [...]

To read the full text of this review please visit www.gramophone.co.uk (July 2016)

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