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Hyperion Records

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Virgin and child holding a half-eaten pear (detail) (1512) by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67669
Recording details: February 2008
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: October 2008
Total duration: 3 minutes 31 seconds

'A superior festive selection box indeed' (Gramophone)

'The often highly expressive, sometimes quirky, and always well-crafted Magnificats and motets of Hieronymus Prateorius are a fine example of the strength-in-depth of German musical creativity. Andrew Carwood and The Cardinall's Musick ardently relish the interplay of voices in the eight-art scorings … the overall impression is compelling, fresh and immediate' (Choir & Organ)

'Their beautiful singing of such fine music deserves wide circulation' (Early Music Review)

'This superb disc … these are stunning performances, which is of course to be expected from this remarkable vocal ensemble … all are bathed in a richly texutred and highly variegated choral sound … Hieronymus Praetorius is considered by many to be one of the greatest North German composers of the first half of the seventeenth century. This release will surely go some way to convincing the rest of us of the truth of this assertion' (International Record Review)

'Hieronymus Praetorius gains his place in the sun with this outstanding release. The 16th-century organist and composer emerges as a master of vivid choral contrasts and effects' (Classic FM Magazine)

Gaudete omnes
composer
1599; re-published in the 1622 Cantiones Sacrae; SSATTB
author of text
Advent

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Gaudete omnes is an optimistic motet whose forward momentum is created by a fluent mixture of contrasting compositional styles. Closely woven six-voice imitative polyphony and agile madrigalian voice-exchange is balanced by solid homophonic writing, each section deftly linked to the previous one with the musical affect carefully chosen to suit the meaning of each phrase of the text. Throughout the motet, much of the listener’s attention is focused on the two upper voices which compete with each other during the imitative passages but sit comfortably together during the chordal sections. Praetorius shows such self-confidence in his mode of expression and in the clarity of word-setting that the contrapuntal mastery is easy to miss, not least in the Alleluia where the highest voice delivers an aurally arresting four-note statement which is the motif of the moment heard in inversion and augmentation.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2008

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