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St. John Cantius Presents: Renaissance Polyphony of Portugal for Our Lady of Fatima from the Choirs of Saint Cecilia, offered in Commemoration of the Centennial of the Apparitions of Our lady of Fatima, Portugal.

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St. John Cantius Presents: Renaissance Polyphony of Portugal for Our Lady of Fatima from the Choirs of Saint Cecilia, offered in Commemoration of the Centennial of the Apparitions of Our lady of Fatima, Portugal.
ABOUT THIS RECORDING

Director: Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC
Organist: Corrado Cavalli

Track Listing:
1. Beata Dei genitrix Maria, Pars Prima - Francisco Guerrero
2. Magnificat secundi toni, a 5 - Manuel Cardoso
3. Regina Caeli - Duarte Lobo
4. Ave Maris Stella - Manuel Rodrigues Coelho
5. Dulcissima Maria - Francisco Guerrero
6. Salve Regina - Diogo Dias Melgás
7. Tiento sobre la Letanía de la Virgen - Pablo Bruna
8. Virgen bendita sin par - Pedro de Escobar
9. Alma Redemptoris Mater - Aires Fernándes
10. Ave virgo sanctissima - Francisco Guerrero
11. Magnificat: Versos de Quarto Tom - Manuel Rodrigues Coelho
12. Beata Dei genitrix Maria, Pars Secunda - Francisco Guerrero
Notes on the MusicIn 1917, when the Virgin Mary appeared to the children at Fatima, she called them to dedicate themselves to a life of prayer, conversion, and consecration to God. So too, Mary exhorts us to live holy lives following the example of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The two parts of Francisco Guerrero’s “Beata Dei genitrix Maria" serve as a framework for this musical recording, in which we not only laud the virtues of Mary, the one singularly chosen to be the “temple of our Lord, the sacred place of the Holy Ghost," but also through which we turn to her to “pray for the people, plead for the priesthood, and intercede for all women devoted to God."1. BEATA DEI GENITRIX MARIA, PARS PRIMA - FRANCISCO GUERRERO. Seeking a place to flourish as a composer of sacred music, Guerrero turned to Portugal, a nation which he said excelled in religious fervor. This text, written for Vespers (Evening Prayer) on the feast of the Presentation of the Virgin, recalls the day when the parents of the Virgin Mary, Sts. Joachim and Anne, dedicated their child to the service of God in the Temple of Jerusalem: “O Blessed Mary, Mother of God, perpetual virgin, temple of our Lord, the sacred place of the Holy Ghost: thou alone without example, didst please our Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia."2. MAGNIFICAT SECUNDI TONI, A 5 - MANUEL CARDOSO. As composer and organist of the Convento do Carmo in Lisbon, the Carmelite Priest, Rev. Manuel Cardoso (1566–1650), represents well the “golden age" of Portuguese polyphony along with Duarte Lobo and King John IV. The structure of his “Magnificat" for five voices rises like a grand cathedral: “My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations. He hath showed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, forever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen."3. REGINA CAELI - DUARTE LOBO. Rev. Duarte Lobo (1565–1646), “maestro di cappella" of the Cathedral of Saint Mary Major in Lisbon, wrote this stunning setting of “Regina Caeli" for double chorus: “Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia, for He, whom thou wast worthy to bear, Alleluia, has risen as He said. Alleluia. Pray for us to God. Alleluia."4. AVE MARIS STELLA - MANUEL RODRIGUES COELHO. Court organist of King John IV of Portugal, Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (ca. 1555–1635) wrote these variations on the Gregorian chant hymn, “Ave Maris Stella": “Hail, O star of the ocean, God’s own Mother blest, ever sinless Virgin, gate of heavenly rest. Taking that sweet “Ave," which from Gabriel came, peace confirm within us, changing Eve’s name. Break the sinners’ fetters, make our blindness day, chase all evils from us, for all blessings pray. Show thyself a Mother, may the Word divine born for us thine Infant hear our prayers through thine. Virgin all excelling, mildest of the mild, free from guilt preserve us meek and undefiled. Keep our life all spotless, make our way secure till we find in Jesus, joy for evermore. Praise to God the Father, honor to the Son, in the Holy Spirit, be the glory one. Amen."5. DULCISSIMA MARIA - FRANCISCO GUERRERO. Popular in both Spain and Portugal, Rev. Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599) set this graceful text with sublime elegance: “Sweet Mary, I languish for love of thee, for thou art good-natured and kind. All the rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance. Thou art beautiful, Mary, and there is no fault in thee. Hear us, most holy one, and intercede for us to our Lord Jesus, thy Son."6. SALVE REGINA - DIOGO DIAS MELGÁS. Born in Cuba, Portugal, the composer Rev. Diogo Dias Melgás (1638–1700) was “mestre de capela" at the Cathedral of Évora for 30 years. His “Salve Regina" is an intricate masterpiece: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary."7. TIENTO SOBRE LA LETANÍA DE LA VIRGEN - PABLO BRUNA. This organ fantasia of musical variations based on the “Litany of the Virgin Mary" was composed by the renowned composer of Iberian organ music Pablo Bruna (1611-1679).8. VIRGEN BENDITA SIN PAR - PEDRO DE ESCOBAR. Pedro de Escobar (c. 1465–1535), active in both Portugal and Spain, authored this charming Marian hymn: “O Blessed Virgin without equal, source of all virtue, thou art worthy of praise. Thou, O Sacred Empress, undid the error and remedied the harm of sinners. Of the angels you are the Lady who bestows so much grace so that we may not sin against the One who human flesh deigned to take. Solomon sings about you and of all your beauty, the rose among thorns, full of perfection. To thee, the Almighty shows love. That thou art worthy of praise, from whom all virtue comes, thou art worthy of praise."9. ALMA REDEMPTORIS MATER - AIRES FERNÁNDES. The Portuguese composer Aires Fernándes flourished in the 1590’s. Among his manuscripts, preserved by the Royal Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, is found this Marian motet: “Loving Mother of the Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea, assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again. To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before. You who received Gabriel’s ‘Ave,’ have pity on us poor sinners."10. AVE VIRGO SANCTISSIMA, FRANCISCO GUERRERO. Because of Guerrero’s lively devotion to Our Lady, he composed many motets in her honor, earning the nickname, “El cantor de Maria" (“The Singer of Mary"). His rich Marian devotion is evident in this motet: “Hail, O Holy Virgin, most blessed Mother of God, bright star of the sea. Hail, ever glorious, precious pearl, lovely as the lily, beautiful and perfumed as the rose."11. MAGNIFICAT: VERSOS DE QUARTO TOM - MANUEL RODRIGUES COELHO. The organist Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (ca. 1555–1635) was court organist for Phillip II of Portugal. These versets are played in alternation with the “Magnificat" at Vespers.12. BEATA DEI GENITRIX MARIA, PARS SECUNDA - FRANCISCO GUERRERO. Unlike his contemporaries, Guerrero not only set the first part (pars prima) of Beata Dei genetrix, a liturgical text for Vespers, but also added a second part (pars secundo) out of his piety and love for Our Lady. The deep faith of “El cantor de Maria" is evident in this motet honoring the Holy Virgin, and sums up well our petition to Our Lady of Fatima: “Pray for the people, plead for the priesthood, and intercede for all women devoted to God. Alleluia."

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