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Hyperion Records

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Photograph of Winchester Cathedral by Derek Forss
Track(s) taken from CDH55348
Recording details: November 1995
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: June 1996
Total duration: 3 minutes 41 seconds

'A generously full CD, spaciously recorded in Winchester Cathedral. The main feature is the rapt, joyous singing of the choir in this magnificent music. Very fine' (Hi-Fi News)

'Le chœur de Winchester est d'une infinie souplesse, d'une clarté d'élocution et d'une transparence remarquables, justement restituées par une prise de son limpide. Des pages parmi les plus grandes de William Byrd, servies par une interprétation du plus haut niveau' (Répertoire, France)

O salutaris hostia a 4
4vv; Gradualia, 1605
author of text
Hymn to the Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Hymn O salutaris hostia is thought to be an early work. Here Byrd fully exploits his technical mastery of interlocking imitative phrases; the polyphony gradually intensifies and with the words ‘bella premunt’ climaxes with trumpet-like entries.

from notes by David Skinner © 1996

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