Hyperion Records

Descendi in hortum meum
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Descendi in hortum meum has a mood suitable to its highly-perfumed text from the Song of Songs. So artless does this masterpiece sound that it is hard to believe that rigid mathematical writing underlies it; but indeed the second alto (which leads), second soprano and first tenor parts are in canon, this time at the fifth and octave. The canon is maintained even in the triple-time section towards the end where Rore the madrigalist briefly joins forces with his genius for sacred composition to create this most beautiful, most wistful of all polyphonic passages: ‘Return, return, O Shulamite, return that we may look upon you.’

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1994

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

Details for GIMBX302 disc 3 track 7
Artists
ISRC
GB-ADM-94-30222
Duration
5'35
Recording date
Recording venue
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2 (GIMBX302)
    Disc 3 Track 7
    Release date: November 2010
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
   English   Français   Deutsch