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Track(s) taken from CDA67575

Ave verum corpus

composer
1994
author of text
Sequence Hymn for Corpus Christi

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Jeremy Summerly (conductor)
Recording details: March 1995
Hertford College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by David Trendell
Engineered by Paul Proudman
Release date: April 2006
Total duration: 5 minutes 56 seconds
 
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Ave verum corpus  [5'56]

Reviews

'Here's a vital and beautifully performed collection of modern a cappella choral music from a most excellent choir with a considerable recording history … it's not a surprise that Mr Summerly and his choir can handle fiendishly difficult modern music with all of the skill, authority and pleasing sound they bring to early music. Hyperion comes through again with a superior booklet and enviable recording quality' (American Record Guide)

'This disc offers considerable rewards in an admittedly parochial field, and also preserves a delectable snap-shot of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford on outstanding form, over a decade ago' (International Record Review)

'You may confidently invest in this disc. Its musical rewards are ample' (Fanfare, USA)
Ave verum corpus by Nicholas O’Neill is an eight-voice response to a celebrated sacred text which places the sacrament of Communion in the context of Christ’s death. The work grows from a single note which is gradually adorned by upper voices and is thereafter transformed into a motif which suggests its own static harmonies within the whole choir. Gradually the music paints the anguish of Christ’s suffering within the context of human redemption. However, although the music is ultimately optimistic, in that it starts and finishes at one with itself, the only other unisons within the motet occur at the words ‘homine’ (‘mankind’) and ‘examine’ (‘trial’).

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2006

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