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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: 4 minutes 6 seconds

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

Virga Jesse floruit
composer
1885; dedicated to Ignaz Traumihler, Regens Chori of St Florian; 4vv
author of text
Alleluia at the Feast of the Annunciation

Other recordings available for download
Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The symphonic Bruckner again finds echo in miniature in Virga Jesse floruit of 1885, especially in the magnificent climax that builds in imitative sequences on the phase ‘pacem Deus reddidit’—another very Brucknerian transformation of the ‘Dresden Amen’ from Parsifal. Harmonically this motet journeys far, until the coda stabilizes in E major, culminating in a surprisingly jaunty sequence of alleluias from the tenors (the last marked ‘falsetto’—possibly a whimsical representation of the reconciliation of ‘high’ and ‘low’ in the text).

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 2007


Other albums featuring this work
'Bruckner: Mass & Motets' (CDA67629)
Bruckner: Mass & Motets
'Bruckner: motets' (CDA66062)
Bruckner: motets

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