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Victoria’s "Officium Defunctorum" | Westminster Cathedral | 2nd November 2011

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March 1, 2015

BBC Radio 3 Solemn Requiem Mass for the Faithful Departed from Westminster Cathedral, 2nd November, 2011

Tomás Luis de Victoria's Officium defunctorum of 1605

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Busking @ Drakensberg on December 03 2014

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February 28, 2015

The boys of the Drakensberg Boys' Choir giving an impromptu performance during the interval of a concert of African music given on December 3rd 2014 at their school. Every time I hear them sing I'm reminded of why their one of my all-time favourite choirs. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Stabat Mater – Plainchant {Taverner Choir}

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February 27, 2015

Taverner Choir conducted by Andrew Parrott

Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672): Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott SWV447

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February 26, 2015

Right throughout the seventeenth century German church music in general and the the cantata in particular was heavily dependent upon Italy for inspiration. At the start of the century Heinrich Schütz and Michael Praetorius were greatly impressed by Venetian polychoral music and transmitted their enthusiasm to their fellow Germans, so complete was the penetration of the Italian model of German musical consciousness that long after the Italians abandoned it polychoral music continued to be popular with German congregations and German composers continued to produce it to satisfy demand. However during the 1620s and '30s a new Italian style swept through Germany, like the polychoral style it originated at the Dresden court and like the polychoral its principal originator was Heinrich Schütz. 

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): Felix es, sacra Virgo

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February 25, 2015

Byrd published this beautiful setting of the Alleluia at Mass for the Nativity of the Virgin  in 1605 in the first volume of Gradualia. He had a very specific agenda which was to set music for "the principal Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary" together with antiphons and hymns to her.  It's a beautifully flowing celebratory piece of music perhaps reflecting Byrd's more hopeful circumstances and his determination to provide beautiful music for his fellow recusants on a scale appropriate to their new circumstances. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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