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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55056
Recording details: June 1991
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: June 1992
Total duration: 4 minutes 11 seconds

'A definitive performance of this glorious work … superbly recorded' (Classic CD)

'Singing, engineering, notes, texts, translations all conform to the high standard set on this label' (Fanfare, USA)

'Performed with tonal beauty and stunning, expressive clarity … this CD has a mesmerising impact… vibrantly beautiful' (CDReview)

Alleluia. Veni, electa mea
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In Alleluia. Veni, electa mea Taverner only provided music for the Alleluia and its jubilus or melismatic extension, but it is clear from instructions given in a setting of the same text by Nicholas Ludford (c1480–c1542) that the same polyphony should also be used for the choral part of the verse, ‘speciem tuam’. The performance recorded here conforms to the liturgical practice of Taverner’s time, including the use of two singers for the ‘solo’ portions of the chant. The top voice carries the chant melody, in mostly equal note values, a feature shared by a number of Taverner’s liturgical settings, while the three lower voices, after some initial snatches of imitation, provide a rhythmically animated and varied free counterpoint. Taverner responds to the spirit of the jubilus with a succession of overlapping scale passages which create a fine sense of climax.

from notes by John Heighway © 2000

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