Morales, Requiem Mass (5 v.), Lamentabatur Jacob, Inclina Domine aurem tuam, Miserere nostri deus, Música Ficta, R. Mallavibarrena
Cantus C 9627
Morales, Requiem Mass (5 v.), Gabrieli Consort, P. McCreesh
Morales, Missa Pro Defunctis (5 v.) | Lamentabatur Jacob | Miserere nostri deus | Inclina Domine aurem tuam
While the McCreesh recording is still eminently listenable, the Spanish ensemble Música Ficta made a recording of the work around the same time, which has just crossed my desk. It could not be more different: where McCreesh (and Savall) tend toward darkness, the five mixed voices (two women, three men) of this group brighten the work considerably, aided by the ethereal, evanescent accompaniment of an organ. If McCreesh's reading was an earthly yelp, this is a celestial sigh. Ignasi Jordà accompanies discreetly, never overwhelming the voices (to a fault in a few places, where the soprano voice sharpens slightly out of tune), and improvises intonationes for some movements, apt but never showy. Instead of pairing the Requiem Mass with the Morales setting of the texts for the Office of the Dead, as others do, this recording includes three motets that could conceivably all be programmed with the Mass at a funeral, especially the worthy Lamentabatur Jacob, setting the text of Jacob's lament on the death of his sons Joseph and Benjamin. If anyone has recorded the other setting of the Missa Pro Defunctis by Morales, for four voice, I would like to know about it.
Through the graceful intervention of Bob Shingleton, I can now direct you to this post at On an Overgrown Path. Apparently, the recording originally reviewed here, distributed by the Enchiriadis label, is a pirated version. In fact, it was the subject of a lawsuit against that company by Cantus Records. I have now corrected the link (and image) to direct you to the correct, legal version. If anyone actually ordered this recording in the few hours this post was up with the wrong recording, you probably still have time to cancel that order and replace it with the Cantus recording, which is apparently better edited -- and cheaper.