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Track(s) taken from CDGIM010

Ave Maria … virgo serena

composer
4vv
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: November 1986
Total duration: 5 minutes 22 seconds

Cover artwork: The Adoration of the Kings by Gérard David (active 1484-1523)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
 
Ave Maria
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Ave Maria … virgo serena  [5'22]

Reviews

'The three medieval carols sung by male voices … are instantly attractive, whilst the one with a soprano line … though rhythmically complex, is amusing in its musical mazing … Ave Maria appears for four voices by Josquin Desprez, for seven voices by Philippe Verdelot and for four voices and for double choir by Victoria. The continuous sostenuto of the first two settings produces some delicious mild metal in the voices … a lovely record, beside which much of our accustomed Christmas musical fare seems meretricious' (Gramophone)
This motet is one of Josquin’s early works, composed probably in France in the late 1470s. Its text celebrates the five Corporeal Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary – her Conception, Nativity, Annunciation, Purification and Assumption – and it ends with a personal prayer: ‘O Mother of God, remember me.’

from notes by John Milsom © 2013

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