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Nativity (1527) by Lorenzo Lotto (c1480-1556)
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67396
Recording details: February 2003
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2003
Total duration: 3 minutes 28 seconds

'This is a thrilling recording of Palestrina's music for the Christmas season' (The Guardian)

'All the familiar qualities that serve to make Westminster unique among Britain's cathedral choirs are in evidence here … the crucial added ingredient is singing of a passion and conviction that reminds us that this music is the choir's lifeblood. This is unquestionably one of the glories of the year' (Goldberg)

O admirabile commercium
composer
5vv SATTB; Florilegium sacrarum cantionum, published by Phalèse in Antwerp, 1602
author of text
Feast of the Circumcision and Octave of the Nativity

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
O admirabile commercium is a five-part motet for the Feast of the Circumcision (which falls on January 1st) and the Octave of the Nativity. It takes its text from the first antiphon at Second Vespers of that Feast. The motet comes from a collection entitled Florilegium sacrarum cantionum published by Phalèse in Antwerp in 1602. The still and poised music of its opening bars—‘O wonderful gift’—sets the tone for the rest of this beautiful and finely balanced motet which makes very good use of a high cantus part soaring slowly over the more busy music of the other parts in the final section.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

Other albums featuring this work
'Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music' (CDH55367)
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music
CDH55367  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon November 2014 Release  
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