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Hyperion Records

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Finale (detail) by David Jenks
Private Collection / Reproduced by kind permission of the artist
Track(s) taken from CDA67507
Recording details: September 2000
St Peter and St Paul, Wadhust, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Cotton
Engineered by Geoff Miles
Release date: June 2005
Total duration: 4 minutes 16 seconds

O Holy of Holies
composer
1995
author of text
Additional Advent Antiphon (France, 18th century)

Introduction
O Holy of Holies represents a sidestep into a highly expressionistic soundworld, with echoes from the preceding Advent antiphons of the refrain ‘Come, Lord Jesu’. All the familiar elements of Pitts’s cross-relational and added-note harmony are present within a slow-moving harmonic framework, but the dissonance treatment in this short antiphon is particularly uncompromising – a feature which continues right up to the unresolved final chord. The effect of the piece, in keeping with the text, is of something which awaits a conclusion.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2005

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