Established in 2009 within Fundação Cupertino de Miranda - Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal – with the purpose of recovering, studying and disseminating the vast and still largely to unveil Portuguese Musical Heritage of the 16th and 17th centuries, vocal group Cupertinos, initially called Cappella Musical Cupertino de Miranda, has been establishing itself as a true ambassador of Portuguese Polyphony. With a solid long-term perspective based on an annual average of twenty concerts since their debut, Cupertinos maintain a continuous flow of discovery and public performance of unpublished works that already amounts to eighty. Two of the differentiating characteristics of the group are a network of partnerships with several of the main monuments of Portugal, which guarantees a symbiosis both in acoustic and historical terms between the repertoire and the venues, and a privileged connection to the University of Coimbra, which houses one of the world's richest musical Renaissance repositories. In a performative approach without precedent, through an exhaustive study that allows an increasingly profound knowledge and familiarity with the style and the works, several of these are transcribed from the original sources, with the active participation of members of the Cupertinos under the guidance of the director of Cupertinos, Luís Toscano, and the musicologist José Abreu.
A fresh sound and an untamed character, with a distinctly Portuguese essence in enthusiastic interpretations of Iberian passion, are the recognized brand of the presentations of a group that has deserved the epithet of 'National Team of Portuguese Polyphony'.
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