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A Spanish Nativity

Sunday Times praises new disc

SP, The Sunday Times (15 December, 2019)

Stile Antico’s dozen voices sing with polished refinement a mixture of sophisticated Latin and more populist vernacular material on this disc. Alonso Lobo’s parody¬†Missa Beata Dei Genitrix¬†forms the recital’s heart, its movements interspersed with motets by Victoria, Morales and Guerrero (the piece that functioned as Lobo’s model), Spanish villancicos – equivalent to our carols – and works by Pedro Rimonte and Mateo Flecha.