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Adoration of the Child by Filippo Lippi (c1406-1469)
Track(s) taken from CDH55452
Recording details: March 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: October 1996
Total duration: 6 minutes 10 seconds

'Once again, this is a superb and compelling disc that adds to our knowledge and appreciation of Victoria's art' (Gramophone)

'The greatest Spanish Renaissance composer is in the blood of this splendid choir—it's hard to imagine any group doing him greater justice. A very welcome addition to the catalogue' (Classic CD)

'If your opportunity of hearing a first-rate choir sing this music in its liturgical context is limited, then listening to these splendid performances is the next best thing, and this is certainly a disc to treasure. It would be worth it for the soaring 'Amens' of the Credo alone!' (Organists' Review)

'Maravillémonos de este nuevo monográfico de Victoria del mejor coro con niños del mundo' (CD Compact, Spain)

Veni Creator Spiritus
composer
1581; 4vv alternatim; published Francisco Zanetti in Rome
author of text
Hymn at Second Vespers on Whit Sunday

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Veni Creator Spiritus is a hymn prescribed for second Vespers on Whit Sunday, but often used apart from this at the ordination of priests and bishops. The hymn is of considerable antiquity and is thought to have been composed in the ninth century, probably by Rabanus Maurus, Abbot of Fulda and Archbishop of Mainz. It was included in a comprehensive collection of Victoria’s hymn settings covering the whole church year which was published in Rome in 1581 by Francisco Zanetti. Victoria’s four-part alternatim setting begins with the plainsong melody, which will be familiar to those who know the Whitsun Hymn ‘Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire’ from the English Hymnal. Victoria uses all seven verses of the hymn and, once again, the plainsong is employed in the polyphonic sections as a cantus firmus moving from part to part and sometimes augmented or lightly ornamented.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 1996

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