Hyperion Records

O splendor gloriae
composer
author of text
Votive antiphons

Recordings
'Taverner: Western Wynde Mass & other sacred music' (CDH55056)
Taverner: Western Wynde Mass & other sacred music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55056  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony' (CDS44401/10)
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
Buy by post £38.50 CDS44401/10  10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
Details
Track 1 on CDH55056 [10'24] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 7 on CDS44401/10 CD3 [10'24] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

O splendor gloriae
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O splendor gloriae, the final sentence of whose text refers to the Trinity, may well have been associated with Cardinal College whose statutes required the daily singing of antiphons to the Trinity and St William of York, as well as the Virgin Mary.

O splendor gloriae is in many ways the finest of Taverner’s large-scale antiphons. Particularly noteworthy are its clarity of texture and extensive use of imitation. So pervasive and systematic is the imitation in some passages that it led one late sixteenth-century copyist to ascribe the work jointly to Taverner and Tye, a view rejected by modern scholars on the grounds of its stylistic consistency. Another ‘progressive’ feature is the occasional repetition of text in the latter part of the piece, reflecting the gradual trend away from an abstract melismatic style towards a more directly expressive ‘Renaissance’ manner. The sectional structure, contrasting reduced ‘soloistic’ combinations with full five-part sections which exploit the high treble compass, is characteristically English in conception, and the work stands as testimony to the vocal and musical accomplishments of pre-reformation choral foundations.

from notes by John Heighway İ 2000

Track-specific metadata
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Details for CDH55056 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-50701
Duration
10'24
Recording date
11 June 1991
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Taverner: Western Wynde Mass & other sacred music (CDA66507)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 1992
    Deletion date: May 2000
    Superseded by CDH55056
  2. Taverner: Western Wynde Mass & other sacred music (CDH55056)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: May 2000
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony (CDS44401/10)
    Disc 3 Track 7
    Release date: November 2009
    10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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