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Holst was passionate about the music of Byrd and Palestrina, which is clearly shown here in the modal writing, and the way the male and female voices of the choir answer each other antiphonally as, for example, at the words ‘Lumen ad revelationem gentium’. The piece was originally composed in B flat, although for the revised version recorded here the music was transposed down a semitone to A. It makes a fitting conclusion to this recital of wonderful but little-known music whose current neglect is as baffling as it is inexcusable.
from notes by Julian Haylock © 1989
extrait des notes rédigées par Wadham Sutton © 1993
Français: Jean-Paul Metzger
aus dem Begleittext von Wadham Sutton © 1993
Deutsch: Heidi Kerschl
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