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Libera nos, salva nos I

composer
author of text
Sixth Psalm Antiphon at Matins on Trinity Sunday

 
John Sheppard (1515-1558) was, like Tallis, appointed a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal during the reign of Henry VIII, having previously been Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford. Without the proliferation of printing that came in later periods, and the constantly changing allegiances between Catholicism and Protestantism, it has proved difficult to date much of Sheppard’s music, and many of his Catholic works could have been from the reign of Henry or Mary, with no great variation in style between the two periods. It is suspected that this setting of the text was written while Sheppard was at Oxford, as it was employed twice each day at Magdalen College, despite its proper use being as an antiphon at Matins on Trinity Sunday. Similar to Tallis’s Loquebantur, Sheppard’s Libera nos, salva nos contains a cantus firmus of the plainsong in the lowest voice part, beneath tranquil and measured polyphony.

from notes by Adam Binks © 2009

Recordings

Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey
CDA67704
Naked Byrd
SIGCD180Download only
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1
CDA66259Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
CDA67483
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
CDS44401/1010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

Track 11 on CDA66259 [2'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 5 on CDA67483 [2'43]
Track 4 on CDA67704 [3'19]
Track 11 on CDS44401/10 CD8 [2'56] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 5 on SIGCD180 [3'55] Download only
Track 7 on HYP12 [2'56] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for HYP12 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-25911
Duration
2'56
Recording date
24 January 1988
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1 (CDA66259)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 1988
    Deletion date: March 1997
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
  2. Sheppard: Cantate Mass & other works (CDD22021)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: November 2012
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Superseded by CDS44401/10
  3. The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony (CDS44401/10)
    Disc 8 Track 11
    Release date: November 2009
    10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
  4. The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1 (HYP12)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: September 1993
    Deletion date: September 2009
    Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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