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Ave verum corpus
composer
4vv; Gradualia I (1605)
author of text
Hymn to the Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi

Recordings
'Byrd: The three Masses' (CDA68038)
Byrd: The three Masses
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'All in the April Evening' (CDH55243)
All in the April Evening
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'Byrd: Mass for five voices' (CDH55348)
Byrd: Mass for five voices
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'Byrd: Playing Elizabeth's Tune' (CDGIM992)
Byrd: Playing Elizabeth's Tune
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'Byrd: The Tallis Scholars sing William Byrd' (CDGIM208)
Byrd: The Tallis Scholars sing William Byrd
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'Byrd: The three Masses' (CDGIM345)
Byrd: The three Masses
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'Exultate Deo' (CDA66850)
Exultate Deo
'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
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'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1' (GIMBX301)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
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Details
Track 19 on CDA68038 [4'43] September 2014 Release
Track 15 on CDGIM345 [4'17] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 16 on CDGIM208 CD1 [4'17] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 7 on GIMBX301 CD1 [4'17] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Track 2 on CDA66850 [4'18]
Track 10 on WCC100 [4'18] Super-budget price sampler
Track 18 on CDH55348 [4'33] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 14 on CDH55243 [3'25] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Ave verum corpus
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Gradualia includes the four-voice motet Ave verum corpus, which sets words specified in the Catholic liturgy for use on the feast of Corpus Christi. Today no composition by Byrd is performed and recorded more often than this one, partly because it is such a gem, partly because it offers such rich opportunities for expressive singing, and partly because it is technically not hard for choirs to sing. Nonetheless this motet, like Byrd’s Masses, attained its popularity only in the modern era; being strictly a Catholic work, it was totally shunned by English church musicians until its revival by Catholic choirs late in the nineteenth century. In an age of greater religious tolerance its popularity quickly spread, and by a pleasing twist of fortune Byrd’s Ave verum corpus is now a staple not only of Catholic choral worship, but of Anglican too. Ave verum corpus at Evensong: again, Byrd would have been amazed.

from notes by John Milsom © 2014

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Details for CDH55348 track 18
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-83718
Duration
4'33
Recording date
16 November 1995
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: Mass for five voices (CDA66837)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: June 1996
    Deletion date: December 2007
    Superseded by CDH55348
  2. Byrd: Mass for five voices (CDH55348)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: April 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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