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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: 14 minutes 37 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)

Magnificat primi toni
composer
6vv SAATTB; third volume of Magnificats
author of text
Luke 1: 46-55

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Magnificat Primi toni is a composition which comes from Palestrina’s third volume of magnificats. It is, like most of his magnificats, written in the alternatim style, but, unlike many of them, it employs up to six voices. Its style is mainly polyphonic and fugal and has a rich texture, but variety is obtained by using different combinations of high and low voices and in places a lighter texture. The magnificat is preceded and followed by its plainsong antiphon ‘Hodie Christus natus est’, on which, as explained above, the double-choir motet and the mass are based.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

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