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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 19 seconds

'An excellent release … Robin Blaze’s clear, pure countertenor is the ideal voice for these pieces, and he sings them with impressive authority. Pick of the month' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The intrinsic qualities of this little-explored repertoire and Blaze’s musicianship mark this as an important release' (American Record Guide)

'Blaze is at his most impassioned and convincing … this disc will add to our understanding and love of this treasure house' (International Record Review)

'It is a rare thing to reach the end of a long program like this wanting more, yet that’s exactly what happened to me in this instance. All readers are urged to investigate a remarkable disc that is assured of being an exceptionally strong contender for the Want List' (Fanfare, USA)

'Robin Blaze has justifiably moved quickly into the elite of counter-tenors. Not only is he convincing vocally but his interpretative instincts are sound' (Cathedral Music)

'I would recommend this disc to anyone with a love for baroque vocal music' (MusicWeb International)

'An appealing concert of Venetian sacred music … as always with Hyperion, gorgeous sound' (Early Music)

Ave maris stella
composer
1629; Motetti iii, Venice
author of text
Hymn at First Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Grandi turned the plainsong tune of the hymn Ave maris stella into a catchy triple-time dance – as Monteverdi had done in his 1610 Vespers. Monteverdi set all the verses of the hymn, but Grandi only set the even-numbered verses, apparently expecting the odd-numbered ones to be represented by the string ritornello.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2001

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