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Two Haloed Mourners (Fragment from The Burial of St John the Baptist) by Aretino Spinello (active 1373-died c1410)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55436
Recording details: June 1996
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: February 1997
Total duration: 6 minutes 11 seconds

'This is one of the most impressive discs I can recall from this choir' (Fanfare, USA)

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

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Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
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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


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