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Ely Cathedral (detail) by Thomas Lound (1802-1861)
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67629
Recording details: January 2007
Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: October 2007
Total duration: 6 minutes 6 seconds

Christus factus est
composer
1884; third setting; dedicated to Fr Otto Loidol, Krems-münster; 4vv
author of text
Philippians 2: 8-9; Gradual for Maundy Thursday

Other recordings available for download
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Christus factus est appeared in 1884—the same year as the Te Deum for chorus, four soloists, organ and orchestra. Harmonically this is more exploratory than the Mass in E minor, with some extraordinary modulations following the words ‘mortem autem crucis’ (‘even the death of the cross’)—a test of any choir’s security of pitch. More than any of Bruckner’s great motets, Christus factus est follows an almost symphonic path of motivic and harmonic development—a striking parallel to Christ’s journey of ‘obedience unto death’. All suggestion of triumphalism is avoided in the final reference to the ‘name which is above every name’.

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 2007


Other albums featuring this work
'Bruckner: Motets' (CDA66062)
Bruckner: Motets
'Passiontide at St Paul's' (CDH55436)
Passiontide at St Paul's
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