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Track(s) taken from CDA67653

Haec dicit Dominus

5vv; Cantiones Sacrae 1591 xiii-xiv
author of text
Jeremiah 31: 15-7

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Recording details: November 2007
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: February 2009
Total duration: 6 minutes 43 seconds

Cover artwork: The Martyrdom of St Peter before Emperor Nero (M Fr 71 fol.28) by Jean Fouquet (c1420-1480)
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The performances are admirably directed, responsive to words, clear in their exposition of counterpoint, carefully blended in the homophonic passages. The Cardinall's Musick is an expert body of singers who know exactly what they are doing' (Gramophone)

'This performance is unparalleled in its depth of expression and intelligence. The Cardinall's Musick unerringly leads the listener to musical events that unlock Byrd's conception … crystalline sound reproduction ensures that every detail is captured. The imaginativeness of the selections for this disc attests to the scholarly expertise informing its production. In short, this performance brings us into the 'heavenly kingdom' longed for by Byrd' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The works for St Peter and St Paul … positively shimmer with exuberance … the beauties of these performances are revealed: litheness, energy and intelligence' (International Record Review)

'The Cardinall's Musick appeal like the most ardent supplicants at the altar rail. The flowing lines are rich with character and the blend is a bold mixture of individuals' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The completion of this series will be a landmark, but don’t wait to hear this beautiful disc' (Fanfare, USA)

'The Cardinall's Musick is certainly one of the world's more authoritative sources for well-researched, committed, fully engaging performances of Byrd's music, and anyone who wants to know the entire range of his work needs no further encouragement from me in making this newest release their next acquisition' (Classics Today)

'It may have been quite a long time coming but this eleventh disc from The Cardinall's Musick in their monumental exploration of William Byrd has certainly been worth the wait. The programme is built from the Cantiones Sacrae of 1591 and the Gradualia of 1607 and focuses on Byrd's recusant music. Throughout their series of recordings this method of interspersing the three books of Cantiones Sacrae with the two of Graduallia has been highly successful and what is most exciting is that it allows Andrew Carwood to be the first director to record the entire music from the Gradualia in liturgically appropriate combinations. Opening this album is the exquisite six-voice setting of Descendit de caelis which immediately confirms that these are performances that are every bit as good as the previous award-winning volume. There can be very few singers in the world just now that have such an understanding of Byrd's vocal works as The Cardinall's Musick and here they give impassioned and immediate performances that move on from the early music stereotypes that used to dominate in this field' (Musical Criticism.com)
If ever a piece was designed to speak directly to the Catholic community, it is the five-voice Haec dicit Dominus. The text speaks of the Old Testament character Rachel, whose sons have been murdered—a telling choice of subject for those who were witnessing the execution of their supporters and priests. Rachel is bereft and destitute and she refuses all comfort. But the answer from the Lord is positive and forward looking—‘et est spes’—‘and there is hope’. The Latin words are incredibly direct and simple, and so powerful and unexpected is this statement that the music almost stops. These are exactly the words that the people needed to hear and Byrd makes sure they are as clear as if an angel of the Lord had appeared and spoken.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2009

S’il est une pièce conçue pour parler directement à la communauté catholique, c’est bien le Haec dicit Dominus à cinq voix. Son texte évoque la Rachel de l’Ancien Testament, dont les fils ont été assassinés—un choix éloquent pour ceux qui voyaient exécuter leurs fidèles et leurs prêtres. Rachel est perdue, démunie; elle refuse tout réconfort. Mais la réponse du Seigneur est positive, va de l’avant: «et est spes»—«et il y a de l’espoir». Ces paroles latines sont incroyablement directes et simples, si puissantes et si inattendues que la musique s’en arrête presque. Elles sont exactement ce que les gens avaient besoin d’entendre et Byrd veille à ce qu’elles soient aussi limpides que si un ange du Seigneur avait paru et parlé.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Wenn jemals ein Stück so angelegt worden ist, dass es direkt mit der katholischen Gemeinschaft kommunizieren möge, so ist es das fünfstimmige Haec dicit Dominus. Der Text handelt von der alttestamentarischen Figur Rachel, deren Söhne umgebracht worden sind—eine vielsagende Themenwahl für diejenigen, die die Hinrichtung ihrer Förderer und Priester miterlebten. Rachel ist ihrer Kinder beraubt und hilflos und lehnt jeglichen Trost ab. Doch die Antwort des Herrn ist positiv und nach vorne schauend—„et est spes“—„und es gibt Hoffnung“. Die lateinischen Worte sind unglaublich direkt und schlicht, und gleichzeitig so gewaltig und unerwartet, dass die Musik beinahe aufhört. Es sind dies genau die Worte, die die Menschen zu hören verlangten und Byrd vertont sie derartig, dass sie so klingen, als ob ein Engel des Herrn erschienen sei und sie verkündet hätte.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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