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O admirabile commercium
5vv SATTB; Florilegium sacrarum cantionum, published by Phalèse in Antwerp, 1602
author of text
Feast of the Circumcision and Octave of the Nativity

'Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music' (CDH55367)
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music
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O admirabile commercium
O admirabile commercium is a five-part motet for the Feast of the Circumcision (which falls on January 1st) and the Octave of the Nativity. It takes its text from the first antiphon at Second Vespers of that Feast. The motet comes from a collection entitled Florilegium sacrarum cantionum published by Phalèse in Antwerp in 1602. The still and poised music of its opening bars—‘O wonderful gift’—sets the tone for the rest of this beautiful and finely balanced motet which makes very good use of a high cantus part soaring slowly over the more busy music of the other parts in the final section.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55367 track 13
Recording date
13 February 2003
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas (CDA67396)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2003
    Deletion date: October 2013
    Superseded by CDH55367
  2. Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music (CDH55367)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: November 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) NEW
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