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Gaude et laetare, Jerusalem
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Most major feasts have two celebrations of Vespers: first Vespers on the Eve of the Feast and second Vespers on the day itself. The texts for First Vespers of Christmas are still much concerned with preparation, with warnings and signs that the day of the Lord is about to appear. Fitting with this imagery is the vigorous and stirring motet for five voices Gaude et laetare by the Dutch composer, organist and teacher Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621). Starting in a minor key, this precursor to the service proper conjures up the stirring power of Advent before relaxing into a more prayerful welcome to the new King, until it explodes once again as the Cherubim and Seraphim proclaim Christ with the word ‘Sanctus’.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2006

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Details for CDA67103 track 18
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ISRC
GB-AJY-99-10318
Duration
2'33
Recording date
18 March 1998
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Morten Winding
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
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  1. Sweelinck: Cantiones Sacrae, Vol. 1 (CDA67103)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: April 1999
    Deletion date: August 2005
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