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Hyperion Records

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The Nativity (detail) by Stefan Lochner (c1410-1451)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen , Alte Pinakotek, Munich / Artothek
Track(s) taken from CDH55463
Recording details: June 1997
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 40 seconds

'This truly rich advent feast is performed wonderfully well on all counts and can be highly recommended' (Organists' Review)

Angelus ad virginem
composer
14th-century Irish carol
arranger
author of text
based on Luke 1

Introduction
The fourteenth-century Irish carol Angelus ad virginem is performed here in a cheerful arrangement by Sir David Willcocks (b1919). The bright organ introduction is answered by the choir who sing the Latin hymn and tell the story of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, found in the first Chapter of the Gospel according to Luke. In the third verse the second choir provides the accompaniment whilst the first choir sings the melody before all join together for the final verse.

from notes by William McVicker © 1997

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