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In Rama sonat gemitus
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lamenting the departure of Thomas Becket for France in November 1164; drawing on various biblical texts

'The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 1' (CDH55281)
The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 1
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Track 18 on CDH55281 [2'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

In Rama sonat gemitus
This monophonic conductus laments the departure of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, for France in November 1164 following his dispute with King Henry II. The poem, full of biblical resonance, associates Thomas’s departure from England with the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt, followed by the Massacre of the Innocents ordered by Herod (Matthew 2: 18: ‘In Rama there was a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children …’). The poem then associates Thomas’s exile with that of Joseph who was sold into slavery in Egypt (Genesis 37).

from notes by Christopher Page 1994

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55281 track 18
Recording date
13 March 1994
Recording venue
Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 1 (CDA66739)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: September 1994
    Deletion date: March 2005
    Superseded by CDH55281
  2. The Spirits of England & France, Vol. 1 (CDH55281)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: February 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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