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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67225
Recording details: June 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: March 2001
Total duration: 3 minutes 36 seconds

Amo Christum
composer
1629; Motetti iii
author of text

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Alessandro Grandi seems to have been largely responsible for establishing the new style at St Mark’s. It is likely that he was born in Ferrara, and he joined the St Mark’s choir in 1617; he worked there for a decade before leaving for Bergamo. Grandi seems to have invented the motet for solo voice with violins, drawing on secular idioms. For instance, Amo Christum uses the walking bass associated at the time with the canzonetta and sets a text that is a barely concealed secular love lyric.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2001

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