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The soul of sacred music

Greek mass of Saint Denis
  • Greek mass of Saint Denis

    New-Spain, 17th century


    Vox Cantoris ensemble,

    Jean-Christophe Candau


    Rated 4 by Diapason

    Nominated at 2020 ICMA International Classical Music Awards


    Under the European influence, the Viceroyalty of New Spain developed a rich musical tradition between the 16th and 18th centuries. The ensemble Vox Cantoris reveals the treasures of these polyphonies sung in 1648 by the nuns of the Convent of Incarnation in Mexico city, which combines the hieratic spanish style with the New World fervour.


    This recording unveils an anonymous five-voice mass, parody of a famous Renaissance song titled “Susanne ung jour”, and an entire service of polyphonic Complines composed by Juan de Lienas, first native Mexican composer, whose music is related to great Spanish masters such as Morales, Victoria or Guerrero.


    Messe "Suzanne un jour", anonyme, 5 voix

    1 - Kyrie 2'59

    2 - Gloria 4'38

    3 - Alleluia Senex puerum 2'58

    4 - Credo 8'11

    5 - Préface & Sanctus 5'46

    6 - Agnus Dei 4'14


    Office de Complies

    7 - Antienne : Miserere mihi (3 voix), Psaume 133 : Ecce nunc benedicite 5'17

    8 - Hymne : Te lucis (5 voix) 4'26

    9 - Repons bref : In manus tuas (4 voix) 4'32

    10 - Antienne : Salva nos (4 voix), Cantique évangélique de Simeon : Nunc dimittis 5'27

    11 - Antienne mariale : Salve Regina (4 voix) 9'57


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    • Media

      • “The Parishes mass here finds its reference version in the inwardness and musicianship it displays, supported by an astonishingly pure and natural sound recording. To discover urgently, especially for those who gave up all hope to find an aesthetic, musical epiphany in the current musical record production.” Marc de Rievaulx, Profession Spectacle, 23 May 2020

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