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Hei mihi, Domine
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Hei mihi, Domine must rank as one of the most powerful penitential motet of the period. Scored for SSATTB it was eventually published alongside Requiem Masses. In Hei mihi, Domine the imitation at the opening is architectural, though a chromaticism in the manuscript has led to the editorial addition of two further accidentals which greatly intensify the prevailing mood of desolation. Later on Guerrero allows himself a very brief moment of madrigalian word-painting, at ‘Ubi fugiam?’ (‘Where should I flee?’), before the music culminates, as in Usquequo, in simple block chords, here to underline the words ‘Miserere mei’ (‘Have mercy on me’).

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2005

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Details for CDH55313 track 7
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-91007
Duration
4'40
Recording date
14 March 1997
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Guerrero: Missa Sancta et immaculata & other sacred music (CDA66910)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: September 1997
    Deletion date: December 2006
    Superseded by CDH55313
  2. Guerrero: Missa Sancta et immaculata & other sacred music (CDH55313)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: August 2008
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  3. The Music of Westminster Cathedral (WCC100)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 1998
    Super-budget price sampler
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