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Salve regina
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Born in Ghent, Jacob Obrecht, occupied the greater part of his musical career in the employment of churches in his native land and, despite his great musical talent, only briefly managed to acquire a position in the Italian courts. In 1485 he was dismissed from the Cathedral at Cambrai for his inadequate care of the choirboys and for keeping poor finances (in that year the chapter accepted some of his compositions to cover the deficit of his accounts). Owing to ill health Obrecht retired in 1500 and remained largely in Bergen op Zoom. In 1504 he travelled to Ferrara, where in the following year he died of the plague. Obrecht’s musical style is both inventive and spontaneous, and his control of immense sound structures is masterful. The sumptuous six-part Salve regina is constructed on a monumental scale and stands among the most beautiful settings of this popular prayer. The work is thought to have been composed in the 1480s and is interspersed with short sections of the traditional plainsong melody, which liturgically is designed to be sung after Compline from Advent to Candelmas.

from notes by David Skinner © 1998

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDGIM998 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-ADM-98-00021
Duration
12'19
Recording date
19 December 1996
Recording venue
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. The Tallis Scholars Live in Oxford (CDGIM998)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 1994
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