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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55086
Recording details: August 1988
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1989
Total duration: 17 minutes 45 seconds

'For a wallow in the richest cream of English Reformation church music you couldn't do much better than this' (Early Music Review)

'Intense brilliance and utter serenity … altogether glorious' (The Times)

'Moving presentation of some neglected wonders of the Tudor era' (Fanfare, USA)

Vox Patris caelestis
composer
possibly written for the Feast of the Assumption as celebrated at the church of St-Mary-at-Hill in the City of London
author of text
after Song of Songs

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Vox Patris caelestis was written during Queen Mary’s reign (1553–1558) and so is exactly contemporary with the Missa Papae Marcelli. It can be so precisely dated because it was written in a style which was unacceptable to the Protestant Tudor monarchs – Edward VI and Elizabeth I – and Mundy was too young to have written it in Henry VIII’s reign. The Catholic musical style which Mary encouraged was a very different one from the Papacy’s ideal in the 1550s: Mundy composed on an enormous scale and to him the audibility of the words was of secondary importance beside the free expansion of the melodies, though he clearly appreciated the sensual connotations of his text, which is adapted from the Song of Solomon, as in, for instance, the repetitions of the word ‘Veni’.

The underlying structure of the music is of the greatest importance to its effect, and for this reason we have printed the words divided into their sections. The solos build gradually to the three full sections, of which the last is the climax on the words ‘Veni, veni, veni: caelesti gloria coronaberis. Amen’. To build the more strongly to this last full section, the solo sections also increase in intensity, the last of them using the most spectacular scoring of voices which was available: two trebles, two means and two basses.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1980


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'Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis' (CDGIM339)
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'The Tallis Scholars Live in Oxford' (CDGIM998)
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'The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony' (CDS44401/10)
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