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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: 5 minutes 2 seconds

Os iusti meditabitur
composer
1879; 4/8vv; Lydian mode; composed for Ignaz Traumihler, choirmaster at St Florian
author of text
Psalm 36 (37): 30-31

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
On one level this is the most ‘purist’ product of Bruckner’s engagement with the principles of Franz Xaver Witt. Set in the old Church Lydian Mode (the white-note scale based on F) throughout, it contains no sharps or flats, no ‘dominant’ sevenths, and no six–four (second inversion) chords—the last two anathematized according to the supposed ‘rules’ of Palestrina’s time. The miracle is that it all sounds so effortless and natural, without so much as a hint of ironic or sentimental archaism. The central section (‘et lingua eius’) comprises some of the most serenely beautiful counterpoint in all Bruckner. At its conclusion, Os iusti dovetails skilfully into a plainchant ‘Alleluia’ celebrating the ancient wisdom of the Church.

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 2007


Other albums featuring this work
'Bruckner: Motets' (CDA66062)
Bruckner: Motets
'The Feast of St Edward at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67586)
The Feast of St Edward at Westminster Abbey

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