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Track(s) taken from CDA67103
Recording details: March 1998
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Morten Winding
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: April 1999
Total duration: 2 minutes 33 seconds

'An important recording landmark' (Gramophone)

'Richard Marlow and his youthful choir deserve credit not just for salvaging this music but for presenting it in such vital and responsive performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A noble achievement which should do much for Sweelinck's reputation … Trinity College Chapel Choir seems ideally suited to this music. Diction is good, intonation flawless and the antiphonal effects well balanced. A worthy addition to the collection' (Early Music)

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

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor), Matthew Martin (organ)
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
'Christmas Vespers at Westminster Cathedral' (CDA67522)
Christmas Vespers at Westminster Cathedral

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