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Hyperion Records

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Fifteenth-century English alabaster sculpture 'Our Lady of Westminster'.
Photograph by Malcolm Crowthers
Track(s) taken from CDH55376
Recording details: March 1994
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1994
Total duration: 3 minutes 35 seconds

'Stunning examples of Victoria's most expressive and dramatic writing … having just listened to this recording again my ears are ringing and my heart is uplifted: a perfect tonic for the bleaker part of winter' (Gramophone)

'A fervent sigh at the serenity and sheer beauty of it all' (Choir & Organ)

'Assolutamente riuscito, assolutamente strepitoso, assolutamente unico' (Musica, Italy)

Trahe me post te
composer
1585; published in Rome by Alessandro Gardane; 6vv
author of text
Song of Songs 1: 3a; Fifth Antiphon at Second Vespers in the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8 December

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The motet Trahe me post te comes from a collection of motets, mostly by Victoria, published in Rome in 1585 by Alessandro Gardane. The text of the motet is taken from the first chapter of the Song of Songs and appears, in a slightly amended form, as the fifth antiphon at second vespers in the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, kept on 8 December. The motet, reflecting its opening words ‘Draw me after you’, is based on a double canon at unison in which the second tenor imitates the first tenor at a distance of three bars and the first alto starts a similar canon half a bar after the first tenor, but with a different theme, this being answered, again at three bars distance, by the second alto. Despite this apparently rigid technical ground-plan, the general effect of the music is one of gracious and flowing, but not cloying, sweetness.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 1994

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