Manuel Cardoso’s extant works comprise five volumes of sacred choral music, published in Lisbon in the first half of the seventeenth century. Luís Toscano and Cupertinos here reveal a selection of the very finest.
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"Tenderness, solemnity, and profound feeling for the text inform this emotionally saturated performance. The ten voices are directed from within by tenor Luís Toscano, whose intimate knowledge of every note (having edited all these works) glows throughout. Portuguese polyphony sung by Portuguese voices – it couldn’t be more authentic."
"This is the first recording by Cupertinos for Hyperion and it is a pleasure to have a Portuguese ensemble tackle its native repertory. The sound is bright and privileges the higher voices, the lower ones being light baritones rather than basses…I look forward to hearing more from them soon: Cardoso’s music deserves further exposure."