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Track(s) taken from CDA67891

Surge, propera amica mea, et veni

4vv SATB; published by Alessandro Gardane in Rome in the Fourth Book of Motets of 1584
author of text
Song of Songs 2: 10-12; Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2 July)

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Recording details: October 2010
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: November 2011
Total duration: 3 minutes 48 seconds

Cover artwork: The Visitation (1491) by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494)
Louvre, Paris / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Surge, propera amica mea, et veni  [3'48]


'We hear the boys' voices—and what a wonderfully incisive and vivid sound they make, cutting through the swathes of echo like a hot knife through butter—floating angelically above a heaving wash of lay clerk harmony … polyphony designed to inspire feelings of sanctity and spirituality, and this recording captures that element to perfection. Martin Baker has a lovely way with the musical phrases, letting them emerge from the dark recesses of the cathedral, allowing them generous space in which to soar and float before gently subsiding back to the vast darkness from which they emerged. It creates a sensation of great timelessness … illuminating and deeply rewarding' (International Record Review)