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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67586
Recording details: February 2006
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: September 2006
Total duration: 4 minutes 8 seconds

Laudes Regiae
First line:
Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Office of Matins begins with the plainsong Laudes Regiae, or Royal acclamations, sung on great and joyful occasions (such as coronations) since the time of the Emperor Charlemagne (742–814). It is likely that a version of the Laudes Regiae was sung at Edward’s Coronation in Winchester Cathedral. The Laudes were adapted for the context of their use, and the saints invoked specially chosen for the circumstances of the performance. This present-day version is based on the famous medieval English source from Worcester Cathedral. It begins by invoking the intercession of the saints associated with Westminster Abbey (including, of course, St Edward) for the Queen, and then goes on to acclaim Christ as King. With its powerful litany-like momentum and tuneful character it is not hard to see why this has become one of the most celebrated plainsong melodies.

from notes by James O'Donnell © 2006

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