Missa São Sebastião & other sacred music
Heitor Villa-Lobos

Missa São Sebastião & other sacred music

Corydon Singers / Matthew Best

CDH 55470 - 0034571154701

Information GreatBrittain Germany

Sacred choral music by Brazil’s most famous composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed by one of Hyperion’s best-loved recording groups.
These works were written as part of Villa-Lobos’s grand plan to revitalize music education in his native country. The human voice, an instrument acquired free of charge by every person in the nation, was seen by Villa-Lobos as the principal performing medium, particularly in massed choral form. Canto orfeônico (choral singing) became the order of the day. Among the performances Villa-Lobos directed was the Brazilian premiere of Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. This led to him to write his own a cappella Mass, Missa São Sebastião, St Sebastian being the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro, the major work on this album.
In fact the Missa São Sebastião had not been a sudden isolated instance of sacred composition from Villa-Lobos. From his earliest years as a serious composer he had written many motets. The Corydon Singers perform a rich selection of these.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Missa São Sebastião
    Movement 1, 'Sebastian! The Virtuous': Kyrie
    04:50
  • 2
    Missa São Sebastião
    Movement 2, 'Sebastian! The Roman Soldier': Gloria
    08:11
  • 3
    Missa São Sebastião
    Movement 3, 'Sebastian! Defender of the Church': Credo
    11:42
  • 4
    Missa São Sebastião
    Movement 4, 'Sebastian! The Martyr': Sanctus
    03:52
  • 5
    Missa São Sebastião
    Movement 5, 'Sebastian! The Saint': Benedictus
    02:17
  • 6
    Missa São Sebastião
    Movement 6, 'Sebastian! Protector of Brazil': Agnus Dei
    03:05
  • 7
    Bendita Sabedoria
    No 1: Sapientia foris praedicat
    03:05
  • 8
    Bendita Sabedoria
    No 2: Vas pretiosum labia scientiae
    01:37
  • 9
    Bendita Sabedoria
    No 3: Principium sapientiae
    00:39
  • 10
    Bendita Sabedoria
    No 4: Vir sapiens
    00:30
  • 11
    Bendita Sabedoria
    No 5: Beatus homo
    04:05
  • 12
    Bendita Sabedoria
    No 6: Dexteram tuam
    01:31
  • 13
    Praesepe Sed iuvat interia tanti primordia partus
    04:51
  • 14
    Cor dulce, cor amabile
    05:01
  • 15
    Panis angelicus
    04:00
  • 16
    Sub tuum praesidium
    01:38
  • 17
    Avé Maria a 5
    02:13
  • 18
    Ave Maria a 6
    03:29
  • 19
    Pater noster
    02:57
  • 20
    Magnificat-Alleluia Alleluia. Alleluia. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
    07:29