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The Assumption of the Virgin by Jean-François De Troy (1679-1752)
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France / Lauros / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67748
Recording details: July 2008
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: July 2009
Total duration: 34 minutes 50 seconds

'Westminster Cathedral's 19 Lay Clerks give a beautifully paced rendition of Victoria's rarely performed (and even less often recorded) Missa Gaudeamus … the choral blend is—as might be expected—superb and exquisitely balanced. The countertenors soar to amazing heights without the slightest hint of strain … this benchmark recording is another superb addition to both Hyperion's and Westminster Cathedral's illustrious Victoria discography' (Gramophone)

'It makes a compelling whole, sung with rapt purity by the male voices of Westminster Cathedral choir' (The Guardian)

'Close-up, full-throated and passionate' (International Record Review)

'The men of Westminster Cathedral Choir make a stunning sound … beautifully sung' (Classic FM Magazine)

'An elaborate musical mosaic, the appeal of which owes much to the atmospheric depths of the Westminster acoustic, beautifully captured on this recording' (Financial Times)

Missa Gaudeamus
composer
based on Morales' Iubilate Deo omnis terra, itself based on the chant Gaudeamus omnes; published in 1585 by Dominico Basa, Rome
editor
edition prepared by JOED Music
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Kyrie  [4'26] GreekEnglish
Gloria  [7'50] LatinEnglish
Credo  [11'23] LatinEnglish

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Victoria’s Missa Gaudeamus is based on a motet, Iubilate Deo omnis terra, by Morales which was written in 1538 to celebrate the cessation of hostilities between Francis I and Charles V as a result of mediation by the Pope, Paul III, who persuaded them to meet and sign a treaty at Nice. In the motet and the Mass both composers make much use of the opening phrase of the introit Gaudeamus omnes—‘Let us all rejoice’—as a cantus firmus, upon which to build their music. Gaudeamus omnes is a Mass Proper. Mass Propers are older forms of the Mass liturgy which vary according to the date and/or season of the liturgical calendar, and which can be interpolated between movements of the Mass Ordinary, the unvarying movements of the Mass as they were established in a later era.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2009

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