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O magnum mysterium
composer
1572
author of text
Responsories at Matins, Christmas Day

Recordings
'Victoria: O magnum mysterium & Ascendens Christus in altum' (CDA66190)
Victoria: O magnum mysterium & Ascendens Christus in altum
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Track 1 on CDA66190 [4'48] Please, someone, buy me

O magnum mysterium
The motet O magnum mysterium (published in 1572) has been a favourite of choirs ever since the revival of Victoria’s music eighty years ago. Although the original publication entitles it In Circuncisione Domini, its text is taken from a responsory of Christmas Matins and its use has always been as a Christmas motet. One of Victoria’s most endearing creations, it unfolds serenely, richly warm when it expresses the wonder that even the animals behold the Infant in the manger. Then a wonderful hush as Victoria musically caresses ‘O beata Virgo’. The final ‘Alleluia’ dances in triple time and then, with a welter of running notes, comes grandly to a close. The work is set for four-part choir (SATB).

from notes by Bruno Turner 1985

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66190 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-19001
Duration
4'48
Recording date
25 January 1985
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Victoria: O magnum mysterium & Ascendens Christus in altum (CDA66190)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 1987
    Please, someone, buy me
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