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Tempi Madonna by Raphael (1483-1520)
© Photo Scala, Florence
Track(s) taken from CDGIM040
Recording details: Unknown
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Neil Hutchinson
Release date: January 2006
Total duration: 5 minutes 24 seconds

Usquequo, Domine
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Psalm 12 (13)

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Usquequo, Domine must rank as one of the most powerful penitential motet of the period. Scored for SSATTB it was eventually published alongside Requiem Masses. The surface of Usquequo, Domine is faultlessly spacious and sustained, the material not looking on paper – there are few dissonances or suspensions – as though it could bear the weight of these words. Yet it creates an unforgettable atmosphere, the simpler the more passionate, and nowhere more remarkable than at the first inversion chords on ‘dolorem in corde meo’.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2005

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