There were almost too many highlights from last night’s PDtP Spanish Special – so let’s start with what didn’t work so well.
The Lobo Ave Regina is a fine, fine piece but its mysteries were perhaps not designed to be revealed in a crowded pub room; so too with Guerrero’s Simle est regnum, although a couple of further run-throughs might have produced better results, if we’d had the time.
The Esquivel on the other hand was just plain dull, though I am sure we will explore some of his better work in future sessions.
OK, now for the good stuff: firstly, both Morales motets, showing his sunny and darker colours, were just great – you guys really took to them straightaway.
The Padilla Stabat Mater was absolutely lovely and will be no doubt become a returning favourite. Victoria’s Doctor Bonus was another little corker; nice that we were absle to sing it just a week before its subject’s feast day.
However, the big moment (with the emphasis on big) came with Victoria’s double choir Alma Redemptoris Mater – simply stunning on both run-throughs. Once again, I was in the sweet spot between both choirs but I hope you all got to experience both the antiphonal effects plus the huge tutti moments in all their glories.
Thanks again to all who came and I hope you had fun.
We have only one more PDtP this year, so sign up to our Christmas Special on December 14th as quick as you like!
In the meantime, over the next couple of days I’ll be posting a few other thoughts on things to look out for, so keep ’em peeled.