Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
El León de Oro, Peter Phillips & Marco Antonio García de Paz
Hyperion CDA68347

This new disc by Spanish choir El León de Oro of music by Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599) joins an impressive line of recordings on the Hyperion label whose dedication to Iberian repertoire is notable. Opening with Magnificat quarti toni their radiant choral sound is carried by a convincing momentum. With nearly 40 singers the phrases are confident and broad but never strident, this approach lends an especially atmospheric air to the Lamentations where vowel sounds are soft and few consonances penetrate the warm glow of the generous acoustic. The result is a delightfully rich sonic bath which departs significantly from many British ensembles’ approach.


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