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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: 4 minutes 50 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)

Oculi omnium
composer
4vv; Gradualia, 1605
author of text
Gradual for the Feast of Corpus Christi

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Gradual Oculi omnium is a reposed petition for the blood and flesh of Christ, which is anticipated in the beautiful three-part verse ‘Aperis tu manum tuam’ with the appended Alleluia ‘Caro mea’, and finally resolved when the four-part texture resumes with vigour at the words ‘qui manducat meam carnem’. In English music of this period it is unusual to find such direct expression of the dramatic implications of the text.

from notes by David Skinner © 1996

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