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Track(s) taken from CDH55449

Veni Creator Spiritus

composer
1589; Gardane collection
author of text

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Recording details: March 2002
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2003
Total duration: 8 minutes 53 seconds

Cover artwork: Jesus appears to the disciples together under one roof.
Biblioteca Reale, Turin. Codex de Predis, Italian, 15th century, folio 137r / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Veni Creator Spiritus  [8'53]

Reviews

'Purposeful performances by a choir for whom this music is a staple diet, and whose slightly edgy, 'continental' treble sound is ideally suited to it' (The Daily Telegraph)
Veni Creator Spiritus is a hymn, from the composer’s 1589 collection (published by Angelo Gardano in Venice), alternating chant with polyphony. The reformed Breviary which appeared in 1568 induced a number of illustrious composers to write cycles of hymns, including Lassus, Victoria and Guerrero. Though the hymns—true liturgical gems—are today a barely known part of Palestrina’s output, there is no good reason why this should continue to be so, as the limpid beauty of this setting well shows. It is scored for four voices, except for the doxology, which is set for five.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2003

Veni Creator Spiritus est un hymne issu du recueil du compositeur publiée en 1589 par Angelo Gardano à Venise, où chant et polyphonie sont exploités en alternance. Le Bréviaire réformé paru en 1568 avait incité un certain nombre de com­positeurs illustres à écrire des cycles d’hymnes, notamment Lassus, Victoria et Guerrero. Si les hymnes—de véritables perles liturgiques—représentent actuellement un aspect à peine connu du catalogue de Palestrina, aucune raison ne saurait justifier qu’ils demeurent dans l’obscurité, comme en témoigne la beauté limpide de cette réalisation. Veni Creator Spiritus est conçu pour quatre voix, à l’exception de la doxologie qui en comporte cinq.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ivan Moody © 2003
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Veni Creator Spiritus ist ein Kirchenlied aus der 1589 erschienenen Sammlung des Komponisten (verlegt bei Angelo Gardano in Venedig). Hier wechseln sich gregorianischer Choral und Polyphonie einander ab. Das 1568 erschienene, umgestaltete Brevier veranlasste eine Reihe bekannter Kompo­nisten, zu denen auch Lassus, Victoria und Guerrero gehörten, Kirchenlieder­sammlungen zu schreiben. Obwohl Palestrinas Kirchen­lieder—richtige liturgische Juwelen—heutzutage kaum als Teil seines Oeuvres bekannt sind, gibt es keinen guten Grund, diesen Umstand beizubehalten, wie die klare Schön­heit dieser Vertonung beweist. Mit Ausnahme der fünf­stimmigen Doxologie ist dieses Kirchenlied für vierstimmigen Chor geschrieben.

aus dem Begleittext von Ivan Moody © 2003
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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