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Veni Sancte Spiritus
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In the eight-part motet Veni Sancte Spiritus, Palestrina takes the antiphonal writing implicit in Dum complerentur to its logical conclusion, using the two groups in alternation to provide dramatic textural contrasts and achieving magnificent climactic moments by bringing them together again. This is striking in Veni Sancte Spiritus (a setting of the sequence from Pentecost, from the 1575 book of motets), in which one group is composed of higher voices, the other of lower. The strophic imploring of the text is marvellously conveyed by these means. Note, for example, the alternation of the choirs at ‘Consolator optime, Dulcis hospes animae, Dulce refrigerium’, and the massive full climax conveying the ‘perenne gaudium’ of the final line of the text—perfect liturgical theatre.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2003

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67353 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-35310
Duration
4'14
Recording date
19 March 2002
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Palestrina: Missa Dum complerentur & other music for Whitsuntide (CDA67353)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: January 2003
    Deletion date: January 2011
    Superseded by CDH55449
  2. Palestrina: Missa Dum complerentur & other music for Whitsuntide (CDH55449)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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