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De Nebra’s Officium and Requiemwere first sung in August 1758 at the funeral of Doña Bárbara de Braganza, the Queen of Spain. The period-instrument orchestra and slightly remote recording make this seem almost like a recovery from that period. Interest in Nebra peaked with his 250th anniversary in 2018, but his work is still widely known outside Spain, and the historical/mythical operas and lighter zarzuelas seem old even by the standards of his time. Spanish baroque has distinct embellishments that central European styles did not, and the Requiemis richly enough decorated for a queen. The singers do not overdo the melismas and trills, and deliver their parts with due solemnity. A curiosity, but a pleasing one.

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