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Portrait of Mary I by Hans Eworth (c1520-1574)
AKG London
Track(s) taken from CDA67874
Recording details: November 2010
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell
Release date: October 2011
Total duration: 5 minutes 39 seconds

'The Cardinall's Musick are at their best in this repertoire, and their performances have confidence and authority … Parsons certainly deserves the hearing that Carwood's musicians afford us, so this addition to the catalogue is very valuable' (Gramophone)

'Carwood and his singers highlight the inherent drama of Parsons' style, notably in O bone Jesu, with its changing textures, brilliant canons and expressive dissonances … perhaps the crowning glory of the disc is the final Ave Maria, the slow and poignant unfolding of which echoes long in the memory. Hyperion's detailed recording, swathed in the glowing acoustic of the Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, enhances these seraphic performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Parsons is not a one-hit-wonder after all … one may expect the incidence of Parsons' music on programmes to increase significantly especially after such a fine sound as Carwood generates' (Classic FM Magazine)

Solemnis urgebat dies
First line:
Iam Christus astra ascenderat
composer
6vv SATTBarB; Christ Church, Oxford, MSS 979-983, The 'Baldwin' Partbooks; tenor part reconstructed by Francis Steele
author of text
Office Hymn at Matins on the Feast of Pentecost

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Solemnis urgebat dies (‘Iam Christus astra ascenderat’) is the Office Hymn at Matins on the Feast of Pentecost. It is similar to settings by Sheppard and Tallis where plainsong alternates with polyphony, the stanza structure is rigorously preserved, all movement is virtually syllabic and the plainsong cantus firmus is quoted exactly in the upper voice.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2011

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