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O nata lux de lumine

composer
Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur (1575)
author of text
Hymn at Lauds on the Feast of the Transfiguration

 
Tallis published this miniature masterpiece in a collection meant to show off English music to foreigners. Its rich sonority, metrical ambiguity and odd shifts of harmony are indeed all quintessentially English. The words are drawn from Roman Catholic service-books as used in Italy and France, and celebrate Christ the Redeemer.

from notes by John Milsom © 2013

La brève hymne O nata lux est d’une trompeuse simplicité, façonnée par les années d’expérience de Tallis avec le style non ornementé de la Réforme. L’élégante mélodie sur mètre ternaire s’évanouit à la toute fin sur une mordante dissonance.

extrait des notes rédigées par Kerry McCarthy © 2014
Français: Michel Roubinet

Die kurze Hymne O nata lux ist von trügerischer Einfachheit, veredelt durch Tallis’ Jahre der Erfahrung mit dem klaren Stil der Reformation. Die elegante Melodie im Dreiertakt löst sich ganz am Schluss in eine scharfe Dissonanz auf.

aus dem Begleittext von Kerry McCarthy © 2014
Deutsch: Gudrun Meier

Recordings

The Essential Tallis Scholars
CDGIM2012CDs for the price of 1
Exultate Deo
CDA66850
Hail, gladdening Light
COLCD113Download only
Illumina
COLCD125Download only
Sacred and Secular Music from six centuries
CDH55148
Renaissance Radio
CDGIM2122CDs for the price of 1
The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
CDGIM2102CDs for the price of 1
Tallis: Gaude gloriosa & other sacred music
CDA67548
Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah
CDGIM025
Tallis: Spem in alium & other choral works
CDA66400
Tallis: Spem in alium & other choral works
CDA30024Hyperion 30th Anniversary series — Last few CD copies remaining
Tallis: The Complete Works, Vol. 7
SIGCD029Download only

Details

Track 8 on CDA30024 [1'58] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series — Last few CD copies remaining
Track 8 on CDA66400 [1'58]
Track 14 on CDA66850 [2'00]
Track 11 on CDA67548 [1'57]
Track 10 on CDGIM025 [2'02]
Track 3 on CDGIM201 CD2 [2'05] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 3 on CDGIM210 CD2 [2'02] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 6 on CDGIM212 CD2 [2'02] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 7 on CDH55148 [1'54]
Track 19 on COLCD113 [1'40] Download only
Track 7 on COLCD125 [1'35] Download only
Track 4 on SIGCD029 [1'54] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66370 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-37007
Duration
1'54
Recording date
31 March 1987
Recording venue
St John-at-Hackney, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Robert van Bahr
Recording engineer
Robert van Bahr
Hyperion usage
  1. Sacred and Secular Music from six centuries (CDA66370)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 1990
    Deletion date: January 2004
    Superseded by CDH55148
  2. Sacred and Secular Music from six centuries (CDH55148)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: January 2004
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