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Hyperion Records

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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: 8 minutes 19 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)

Salve regina
composer
8vv double choir
author of text
Antiphon to the Virgin Mary from Trinity until Advent

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Padilla is at his best in this piece. He uses all the techniques of contrasted textures and voice groupings; he writes homophonic and antiphonal declamation, then with reduced parts he weaves a dangerously inflected polyphony to emphasize the groaning and weeping in the vale of tears. At ‘gementes’ he gets into a strange state of harmonic instability that cannot be edited away.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 2009

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