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Victoria – Ne timeas, Maria (Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, 2015) – YouTube

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June 17, 2015
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

De Victoria's setting of the anti­phon for the Second Vesp­ers of the An­nun­cia­tion to the Bles­sed Vir­gin Mary sung here by the Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral during a live broadcast on the BBC March 25th 2015. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Thomas Tallis (±1505-1585): O Salutaris hostia

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June 13, 2015

Photo: Winchester Cathedral Interior detail, Byzantine Style Icons on the western screen of the retro-choir.  Artist:  Sergei Fyodorof. Date: 1992-96.

Photo: Winchester Cathedral Interior detail, Byzantine Style Icons on the western screen of the retro-choir.
Artist: Sergei Fyodorof. Date: 1992-96.

The text to O salutaris hostia comes from the rite of Benediction, Tallis' setting is freely composed – it's completely original with no basis in the chant or other material. It's a bit unusual in that while its scoring (SATBarB) would lead you to suspect that it's pre-Reformation it's style is very definitely later than that it could date from either of the  reigns of Mary or Elizabeth I. It's a wonderful example of just how skilled Tallis was at taking short and very simple melodic elements and transforming them into substantial works of music. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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Francois Poulenc (1899-1963): Salve Regina

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May 27, 2015

Poulenc's setting of the Salve was written in May 1941. It's a simple homophonic setting of the antiphon, simple but rather beautiful. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Exsultate Deo

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May 16, 2015

This is one of my favourites amongst Palestrina's motets. It's a five-part setting (SAATB) of the first three verses of Psalm 81. It's  a bright celebratory piece of music full of word-painting to depict the musical instruments mentioned in the text. Whenever people try to tell me that Palestrina's music is dull, cold, and lifeless, this is one of the pieces of music I use to refute them. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): The Angels’ Goodnight

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May 9, 2015

Schumann's four-part setting of Friedrich Rückert's poem was first published in 1846. It's known and loved in the anglophone world in translation as The Angels' Goodnight sung here by the Tewkesbury Abbey School Choir directed by Benjamin Nicholas. Enjoy :-).

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