Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bernardino de Ribera: Vox in Rama

Vox in Rama, by Bernardino de Ribera (c.1520-?).

"A voice was heard in Rama, Rachael bewailing her children. . . and she would not be comforted, for they were no more."

This is the first performance of a new edition by Bruno Turner. One of the singers drew my attention to this and says that Ribera was a teacher of Victoria. I know nothing at all about him, and there is nothing I can find online (but someone else might find something). What I do know is that this is a very striking motet and probably the first time it has been publicly heard in 400 or so years.