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Verbum caro factum est

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Ninth Respond at Matins and Processional Respond at Mass on Christmas Day

 
Sheppard’s Verbum caro is an exultant setting of the famous account of the Incarnation from the beginning of St John’s Gospel, and would have been sung at Matins on Christmas Day. Counteracting the duple metre maintained by the chant, Sheppard sets up triple rhythms in the free voices to achieve ‘natural’ declamation of such phrases as ‘cuius gloriam’, ‘quasi unigeniti’, and ‘plenum gratiae’. Sheppard was a colleague of Tallis’s in Queen Mary’s Chapel Royal, and had previously served as Informator choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford.

from notes by Owen Rees 2016

Recordings

Virgin and Child
SIGCD474Download only 3 February 2017 Release
Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1
CDA66259Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Sheppard: Media vita
CDGIM016Download only
The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
CDGIM2102CDs for the price of 1
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of Polyphony
CDS44401/1010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 8 on SIGCD474 [7'24] Download only 3 February 2017 Release
Track 8 on CDGIM016 [6'55] Download only
Track 8 on CDGIM210 CD1 [6'55] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 1 on CDA66259 [6'45] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 6 on CDS44401/10 CD7 [6'45] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66259 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-25901
Duration
6'45
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 1
    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 1
    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    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) Superseded by CDS44401/10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 7 Track 6
    Release date: November 2009
    10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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