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Salvator mundi by Andrea Previtali (fl1502-1528)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55368
Recording details: February 1991
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: August 1991
Total duration: 4 minutes 50 seconds

'Highly recommended along with previous releases in this series' (Fanfare, USA)

'A perfect introduction to the breadth of Palestrina's genius, inspiringly sung' (Organists' Review)

Super flumina Babylonis
composer
1581
author of text
Psalm 136 (137): 1-2

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The famous Super flumina Babylonis is a perfect example of the master’s ability to produce a completely unified and well proportioned whole that has within it a series of clearly defined sections each characterizing and expressing the text, gently propelling the words with musical expression. That he can do this so effectively within a growth that seems quite natural and organic is precisely why our admiration has remained loyal for four hundred years. These are not the desultory lightning flashes of a Gesualdo, nor the startling dramas that dazzle in the sounds of Lassus. Within Palestrina’s calm unfolding there is an enormous confidence and a feeling of strength. A philosopher theologian once remarked to the present writer that Palestrina’s music seemed made by a man without worries.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1991

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'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
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