"A Capella Portuguesa is a British early music group specialising in Renaissance music from Spain and Portugal. Performances not only include works by Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Manuel Cardoso, Duarte Lobo & other well-known masters but also Franco-Flemish & lesser known Iberian composers whose music was likewise regularly sung in cathedrals and other choral foundations such as the royal chapel. These often reflect path-breaking new historical research by Owen Rees and Bernadette Nelson in sequences of music presented in historical liturgical contexts and/or inspired by religious themes. This allows audiences to experience the music in contextual reconstructions which often include the first performances of polyphonic masterpieces in modern times. In 2009 A Capella Portuguesa was voted as Artists in Residence at the Oxford University Music Faculty. The first three CD recordings (Hyperion) by A Capella Portuguesa were cited as “... an illustration of just how much scope there is for exciting recordings of as yet unheard music in this still expanding field, and it is a tribute to record companies and performers alike that they are prepared to take on research-based projects like these and make them successful” (Early Music). The choir continues to perform on a regular basis in the UK and in festivals abroad. ..."
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