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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55273
Recording details: March 1990
Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1990
Total duration: 2 minutes 11 seconds

'A wonderful collection. Lusciously sung sensuous music … a remarkable addition to the distinguished series of records from Gothic Voices' (Gramophone)

'Gothic Voices at its most imaginative. The group's choice of repertory is sublime and the freedom of its interpretation is bracing. Recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A compelling musical experience and a provocative intellectual one' (The Good CD Guide)

'Somptueux!' (Diapason, France)

'Compacto absolutamente recomendable' (CD Compact, Spain)

Trois sereurs/Trois sereurs/Trois sereurs/PERLUSTRAVIT
composer
author of text

Introduction
Here is a striking approach to the challenge of composing a motet. The texts are very similar in technique, vocabulary and tone, but the musical settings of the poems, while homogeneous in style, go their own way when sung together and fight for mastery. The level of dissonance is high (the last musical phrase unwinds a string of major seconds between the Triplum and the Quadruplum). This motet exploits a technique which is explored (in a much more spacious way) in De la virge Katerine: a section where all the voices phrase and rest together is followed by one where the voices overlap and tangle. Like many motet texts, these three set us wondering about their literary tone. As I read it, the tone of these poems—as of so much pastoral and semi-pastoral poetry in the motet—is wistful (certainly not giving way to boistrous merriment) and even a touch melancholic.

from notes by Christopher Page

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