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Track(s) taken from CDA67568

Visita quaesumus, Domine

composer
4vv; Gradualia 1605 II:xi
author of text
Prayer at Compline

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Recording details: May 2006
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: November 2006
Total duration: 3 minutes 19 seconds

Cover artwork: The Annunciation (Ms Fr 71 folio 5) by Jean Fouquet (c1420-1480)
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Visita quaesumus, Domine  [3'19]

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The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)

Reviews

'The grasp that Andrew Carwood and his Cardinall's Musick group have on Byrd's scores now seems unassailable; the fluidity and elevated level of internal detail in the opening 'Laudibus in sanctis' sets out their stall for the rest of this thoughtfully conceived album' (Choir & Organ)

'This is the tenth disc in the ensemble's complete recordings of Byrd, but the first in the series with Hyperion … [the] engineering gains and the artists' freshness and conviction make this recording a high-water mark in the project. Carwood has captured the passion, delicacy and complexity of England's greatest Renaissance composer' (BBC Music Magazine)

'If, according to Burney, the Mannheim orchestra of 1772 was 'an army of Generals', the Cardinall's Musick of 2006 is surely 'an exaltation of larks' … performances of exquisite perfection' (International Record Review)

'The 12 voices sing out, individuality intact and ideal for airing the awesome polyphony of Byrd's Latin motets, both fervent and meditative' (The Times)

'An ideal interpreter of this music, his insight into the music combining with his sympathy for the composer' (Fanfare, USA)

'Sit back and enjoy the gleaming passionate tones of the Cardinall's Musick as they take you on a tour of some of the choral finest music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries' (Early Music Forum of Scotland News, Scotland)

'This disc offers sacred works from two of his collections: Cantiones Sacrae (1591) and the 1605 Gradualia. The latter includes the complete Propers for Lady Mass in Easter Tide as well as a gorgeous Regina caeli setting. The Cardinall's Musick perform with powerful energy and a creamy vocal blend. Highly recommended' (CD Hotlist, USA)

'Andrew Carwood and the Cardinall's Musick are distinguished exponents of this repertoire and their singing is uniformly superb and vigorously uplifting. Annotations and sound are beyond blemish in what is an issue of five-star quality' (Classical.net)

'Le volume X atteint une variété sonore qui rend justice à tous les registres du programme, jusqu'aux passages madrigalesques les plus échevelés, Apparebit in finem le premier. Toujours à un par voix, brillamment conduits, ces excellents chanteurs magnifient avec autant de maîtrise que d'engagement un immense compositeur. Magistral' (Diapason, France)
Visita quaesumus, Domine is one of the exquisite miniatures of the 1605 Gradualia. The text seems to be a variant on a prayer from Compline and its scoring for two sopranos, an alto and a tenor is unusual but not without precedent. Byrd had experimented with similar forces as a young man in his contribution to the lengthy Psalm-setting In exitu Israel with his friend William Mundy and his mentor John Sheppard and later in the ripely Italian-sounding Salve sola Dei genetrix.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2010

Visita quaesumus, Domine est l’une des exquises miniatures des Gradualia de 1605. Son texte semble être la variante d’une prière de complies et, si elle est inhabituelle, son écriture pour deux sopranos, alto et ténor n’est pas sans précécent. Jeune, Byrd avait déjà expérimenté de telles forces dans sa contribution au très long psaume In exitu Israel (composé avec son ami William Mundy et son mentor John Sheppard) et, plus tard, dans l’italianisant Salve sola Dei genetrix.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Visita quaesumus, Domine ist eine jener exquisiten Miniaturen der Gradualia von 1605. Der Text scheint eine Variante eines Komplet-Gebets zu sein und es ist für zwei Sopranstimmen, eine Alt- und eine Tenorstimme angelegt, was ungewöhnlich, jedoch nicht erstmalig ist. Byrd hatte als junger Mann bereits mit ähnlichen Besetzungen experimentiert: zunächst in der Psalmvertonung In exitu Israel, ein Gemeinschaftswerk von ihm, seinem Freund William Mundy und seinem Mentor John Sheppard, und dann später in der ausgereift italienisch anmutenden Komposition Salve sola Dei genetrix.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2010
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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