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Track(s) taken from CDH55047

Nunc dimittis

composer
Gradualia I
author of text
Luke 2: 29-32

William Byrd Choir, Gavin Turner (conductor)
Recording details: March 1990
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Gary Cole
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1990
Total duration: 5 minutes 34 seconds
 

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Reviews

'Just for fun I listened to all nine Alleluia settings one after the other and was astonished at the variety and interest of the music … Byrd at his most impressive and sublime here in the glorious Nunc Dimittis and in the delicate intricacy of Optimam partem. The recording and performances are superb' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)
The Nunc dimittis—a tract for the Feast of the Purification—is not a setting intended for Evensong or Compline, but is taken from the Gradualia, a great cycle of liturgical settings for the Catholic calendar from Advent to Trinity, published in two volumes in 1605 and 1607. In the passage beginning Quia viderunt Byrd employs some false relations, and the bell-like descending scales at Lumen, immediately inverted in the other parts, reflect earlier figures at saltare tuum and quod parasti.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016

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