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Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) by Angelo Bronzino (1503-1572)
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67522
Recording details: March 2005
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 3 minutes 1 seconds

Gaude et laetare, Jerusalem
Cantiones Sacrae, 1619, No 18
author of text
Magnificat Antiphon at Vespers for the Nativity

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Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Richard Marlow (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Most major feasts have two celebrations of Vespers: first Vespers on the Eve of the Feast and second Vespers on the day itself. The texts for First Vespers of Christmas are still much concerned with preparation, with warnings and signs that the day of the Lord is about to appear. Fitting with this imagery is the vigorous and stirring motet for five voices Gaude et laetare by the Dutch composer, organist and teacher Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621). Starting in a minor key, this precursor to the service proper conjures up the stirring power of Advent before relaxing into a more prayerful welcome to the new King, until it explodes once again as the Cherubim and Seraphim proclaim Christ with the word ‘Sanctus’.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2006

Other albums featuring this work
'Sweelinck: Cantiones Sacrae, Vol. 1' (CDA67103)
Sweelinck: Cantiones Sacrae, Vol. 1

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