La Grande Chapelle & Escolania de Montserrat—Mass Scala Aretina by Francesc Valls
Escolania de Montserrat
La Grande Chapelle
Albert Recasens, conductor
Mass Scala Aretina
The composer and chapel master of Barcelona Cathedral, Francesc Valls, was almost an exact contemporary of J. S. Bach, and his Scala Aretina mass is considered one of the highlights of Catalan Baroque music. It is included on this programme, alongside a selection of motets by the great Montserrat chapel master Joan Cererols—who composed a little earlier—and is the result of new efforts in music research and a faithful approach to tradition by Albert Recasens, who heads two ensembles that are well-suited for this repertoire: the Escolania de Montserrat and La Grande Chapelle.