Hyperion Records

Pange lingua 'The story of the Salve regina'
composer
author of text

Recordings
'The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 4' (CDH55284)
The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 4
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55284  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Part 1: Pange lingua, cor letare
Track 1 on CDH55284 [2'56] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 2: In nigrorum monachorum
Track 4 on CDH55284 [3'04] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 3: Ecce ciphus ponderosus
Track 6 on CDH55284 [3'48] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 4: Mira fuit quam videbat
Track 8 on CDH55284 [2'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 5: Dum transiret Jhesu Christi
Track 10 on CDH55284 [2'55] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Pange lingua 'The story of the Salve regina'
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The antiphon Salve regina was a vivid part of the medieval soundscape. It was sung at Compline in many monasteries and churches; at the Church of St Magnus in London there was a Guild of the Salve regina whose members would gather at the end of the day to hear the antiphon. (There were many such guilds.) The story told in the song performed here relates how two young boys join a monastery of Black Monks (that is, Benedictines); despite their having been exemplary in all things, one hot summer day they disobey their master and bathe in the monastery stream. Satan makes a golden cup appear in the water—it is a ghastly parody of the grail—and as the boys try to reach it they are drowned. The great Cistercian, Bernard of Clairvaux (d1153), then has a nocturnal vision in which he is led into hell and sees the souls of two boys on a fiery mountain. The Virgin Mary appears and, as she passes, the two boys sing the Salve regina which they have composed. They are saved (of course!) and so are we all, the poem assures us, if we sing the Salve regina every day.

The song, designed to be sung to any melody for the well-known hymn Pange lingua, has seventy stanzas in all, and is here performed in an abridged version which retains the essentials of the story, culminating in a performance of the antiphon itself.

from notes by Christopher Page © 1996

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

Details for CDH55284 track 4
In nigrorum monachorum
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-85704
Duration
3'04
Recording date
17 July 1996
Recording venue
Rickmansworth Masonic School Chapel, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 4 (CDA66857)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 1996
    Deletion date: September 2005
    Superseded by CDH55284
  2. The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 4 (CDH55284)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: August 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Show: MP3 FLAC ALAC
   English   Français   Deutsch