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Gold leaf interior of 17th-century Baroque chapel, Mexico.
Reproduced by kind permission of the Mexican Embassy, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55317
Recording details: June 1989
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1990
Total duration: 10 minutes 6 seconds

'This is a magnificent recording. Pure Mexican gold' (Gramophone)

'Unusual, timely, interesting, and beautiful' (Fanfare, USA)

'If like me, your knowledge of Mexican music was previously, shall we say undeveloped, you may similarly be stunned by the treasures unveiled here' (Music, USA)

Mirabilia testimonia
composer
8vv double choir
author of text
Psalm 119 (118): 129-144; for the Office of None

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The short Office of None (usually recited rapidly, in the afternoon) seems to have been taken over in some Spanish and colonial churches by confraternities or by convents of nuns for special services. A number of settings of the Psalm Mirabilia testimonia survive in Mexico and in Spain (e.g. Valencia). They often bear such titles as ‘Salmo de Nona para las Religiosas de Madalenas’. Padilla’s Mirabilia happens to survive in a convent choirbook (Holy Trinity, Puebla) now in the National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico, as well as in the Puebla Cathedral ‘Padilla Choirbook’. The setting of the Versicle and Response (Deus in adiutorium) is clearly paired with the Psalm and they have common endings in the music of the doxology. Padilla sets these texts with real verve and his declamation of the words is resourceful and lively. The choirs call, answer and combine in great splendour.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1990

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