Hyperion Records

Super flumina Babylonis
composer
1581
author of text
Psalm 136 (137): 1-2

Recordings
'Palestrina: Missa Aeterna Christi munera & other sacred music' (CDH55368)
Palestrina: Missa Aeterna Christi munera & other sacred music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55368  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
Buy by post £4.50 This album is not yet available for download WCC100  Super-budget price sampler  
Details
Track 8 on CDH55368 [4'50] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 4 on WCC100 [4'50] Super-budget price sampler

Super flumina Babylonis
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The famous Super flumina Babylonis is a perfect example of the master’s ability to produce a completely unified and well proportioned whole that has within it a series of clearly defined sections each characterizing and expressing the text, gently propelling the words with musical expression. That he can do this so effectively within a growth that seems quite natural and organic is precisely why our admiration has remained loyal for four hundred years. These are not the desultory lightning flashes of a Gesualdo, nor the startling dramas that dazzle in the sounds of Lassus. Within Palestrina’s calm unfolding there is an enormous confidence and a feeling of strength. A philosopher theologian once remarked to the present writer that Palestrina’s music seemed made by a man without worries.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1991

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