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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: 23 minutes 52 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)

Missa Trahe me post te
1592; published in Rome by Ascanio Donangeli; based on Victoria's own motet; 5vv, 6vv in Agnus Dei
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Kyrie  [2'26] GreekEnglish
Gloria  [3'46] LatinEnglish
Credo  [7'25] LatinEnglish

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Missa Trahe me post te, which was published in Rome by Ascanio Donangeli in 1592, is a parody Mass freely based on Victoria's motet of the same name. Until the last movement the Mass uses only five voices (SAATB) and it is not until the Agnus Dei that the music utilizes the full six-part texture and canonic procedures of its model. In the Agnus Dei there is a double canon at unison between respectively the first and second alto and the first and second tenor, both canons starting at the same time. This movement is based very closely on the music of the last two-thirds of the motet. Because of the consummate skill with which these complicated technical devices are used, the Mass, like the motet, sounds spacious and melodious.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 1994

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