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Christe redemptor omnium
collection of Hymns published in Rome by Francisco Coattino, 1589
author of text
Hymn at First Vespers, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord

'Palestrina: Music for Advent & Christmas' (CDA67396)
Palestrina: Music for Advent & Christmas
Track 14 on CDA67396 [7'48] Archive Service

Christe redemptor omnium
Christe, redemptor omnium is prescribed in the Antiphonale Monasticum as a hymn at First Vespers of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. It is one of a substantial collection of settings by Palestrina of hymns for seasonal use which were published in 1589 in Rome by Francisco Coattino. This six-part hymn is an alternatim composition – that is, alternate verses of the hymn are set to chant and polyphony, and the prominence of the plainsong in the composition is enhanced by the way that the melody of the chant, or fragments of it, are present in slow notes much of the time in one or other of the voices. This a wonderfully rich composition which uses a great variety of musical techniques to illuminate the meaning of the words, one example of which is the lively triple-time section at the words ‘praising and raising songs of exultation’.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67396 track 14
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 & Christmas (CDA67396)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: September 2003
    Deletion date: October 2013
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