Journeys to the New World: Hispanic Sacred Music from the 16th & 17th Centuries


This is a musical trip from the mid-sixteenth century to around 1700, involving music in Late Renaissance style, carrying Spanish Catholicism across the Atlantic to supplant an indigenous culture. Once the invasion had taken root with the conquest of Tenochtitlán and its transformation to Mexico City, the country became the target of fervent friars and preachers. Franciscans were first in 1523, then Dominicans, all fired with Christian zeal to convert the native population. From the outset they used music to great effect. The accounts that survive show how successful they were in teaching singing and playing, training choirs to perform liturgical music. By the mid-century it was claimed that standards had reached that of Charles V’s chapel. Churches and cathedrals
were established throughout the rapidly expanding New Spain. Conquest and Christianity imposed an almost exact replica of Old Spain. Liturgical books, prints of plainchant and polyphony were shipped in throughout the century.

In this recording the singers present music by eight composers. Four of them never went to the New World; their music did. Three of them were born in Spain and were trained in music there; they held appointments in Spain and later emigrated to the new colonial cities. One more became the first composer-choirmaster to be born there of Spanish parents, thus criollo.


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The Queen’s Six

Daniel Brittain – Countertenor

Tim Carleston – Countertenor

Nicholas Madden – Tenor

Dominic Bland – Tenor

Andrew Thompson – Baritone

Simon Whiteley – Bass

Release date: 21/08/20

Catalogue number: SIGCD626

Barcode:  635212062623

“The close musical rapport that develops when six men sing together every day, as the Queen’s Six do, is very much in evidence on this, their impressive debut album, recorded at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where they are lay clerks in the choir. They bring seamless blend and balance to music from the reign of Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name. […]”

Stephen Pritchard – The Guardian


“Singing together every day at St George’s has clearly given The Queen’s Six enviable quality of tone but it’s their late-night-jazz close harmony arrangements that blew me away. This group gets better and better.”

Gareth Malone – OBE Choral animateur, singer & presenter

Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500 – 1553)
1. Regina caeli laetare à 6

Hernando Franco (1532 – 1585)
2. Salve Regina à 5

Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1548 – 1611)
3. Vidi speciosam

Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599)
4. Trahe me post te

Alonso Lobo (1555 – 1617)
5. Versa est in luctum

Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (c.1590 – 1664)
6. Circumdederunt me

Francisco López Capillas (1614 – 1674)
7. In horrore visionis

8. Versa est in luctum – de Padilla

9. Tantum ergo – Capillas

10. O quam suavis est – Lobo

11. Christus factus est – Franco

12. O sacrum convivium – de Morales

13. O quam gloriosum – de Victoria

14. Beatus Achacius – Guerrero

Miguel Mateo de Dallo y Lana (c.1650 – 1705)
15. Laudate Dominum

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