I Fagiolini CD coverIn January 2012 De Profundis took part in the recording sessions for I Fagiolini’s CD ‘1612 Italian Vespers, released on the Decca label the following June. This disc, a follow-up to the group’s multi-award-winning CD of Striggio’s Mass in 40 Parts, featured music by Viadana and a remarkable reconstruction of Giovanni Gabrieli’s 7-choir Magnificat by Hugh Keyte. The music was recorded in its liturgical context and De Profundis provided the plainchant choir. Rather gratifyingly, following its release, the disc went straight to Number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart, was ‘Recording of the Month’ in the September 2012 edition of Gramophone magazine and was nominated for the 2013 Gramophone Early Music Award. You can get a lot more information here and order the disc here. (478 3506 DH)

 

Ribera CD coverBernardino de Ribera (c1520-1580+) was a highly respected musical figure in 16th-century Spain and was the first teacher of Tomás Luis de Victoria and Sebastián de Vivanco. He was maestro and composer in some of the most important cathedrals of Spain, including Ávila and Toledo. Unfortunately for us (and him), the major source of his music – a huge and highly-decorated choirbook created in 1570 and now stored in the Toledo cathedral archive – was heavily vandalised in the 18th century. Many pages were torn out and several decorated initials were excised, taking the musical notation on the reverse with them. Bruno Turner, doyen of Spanish renaissance musicologists, has worked for many years to create performable editions of what’s left of Ribera’s music and this recording, featuring nearly all of his surviving music, is almost exclusively made up of world premiere recordings. Available to order from Amazon here (CDA68141)

“These solid, well-judged performances elevate Ribera from a mere footnote in music history to something more substantial. Victoria, perhaps, might be proud of his early master” – Gramophone, Sept 2016

“The sonorous voices of De Profundis perfectly suit the beguilingly opulent textures and expressive lines” – The Sunday Times