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Vision of Saint Bernhard of Clairvaux (detail) by Filippo Lippi (c1406-1469)
AKG London
Track(s) taken from CDGIM201
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: April 2003
Total duration: 5 minutes 26 seconds

Descendi in hortum meum
composer
author of text
after Song of Songs

Other recordings available for download
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Descendi in hortum meum has a mood suitable to its highly-perfumed text from the Song of Songs. So artless does this masterpiece sound that it is hard to believe that rigid mathematical writing underlies it; but indeed the second alto (which leads), second soprano and first tenor parts are in canon, this time at the fifth and octave. The canon is maintained even in the triple-time section towards the end where Rore the madrigalist briefly joins forces with his genius for sacred composition to create this most beautiful, most wistful of all polyphonic passages: ‘Return, return, O Shulamite, return that we may look upon you.’

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1994


Other albums featuring this work
'Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem' (CDGIM029)
Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem
'Renaissance Radio' (CDGIM212)
Renaissance Radio
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM212  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2' (GIMBX302)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2
MP3 £15.99FLAC £15.99ALAC £15.99Buy by post £17.50 GIMBX302  4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  

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