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Track(s) taken from CDA67675

Salve sola Dei genetrix

4vv; Gradualia 1605 II:xvii
author of text
Anonymous paraphrase of the Ave Maria

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
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Recording details: November 2008
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: September 2009
Total duration: 3 minutes 4 seconds

Cover artwork: The Death of the Virgin (Ms Fr 71 fol.11) by Jean Fouquet (c1420-1480)
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Some of the three-part hymns are masterly in their technical assurance, setting the voices free to wander and with the lightness of touch recalling them to the fold for a cadence … exquisitely wrought … to the singers and their director is due an additional hymn of praise' (Gramophone)

'Some of Byrd's best writing, with complex imitation enlived by madrigal-style word settings. The Cardinall's Musick seize on the subtleties and expressiveness of these settings … the inventiveness and depth of this recording outweigh its rare longeurs' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Sublime music, then, an inspired and inspiring director and a series that Hyperion rescued from another label and has persevered with against all odds' (International Record Review)

'The Cardinall's Musick under Andrew Carwood show the deep feeling as well as the dignity of these illicit and originally secret settings' (The Independent on Sunday)

'The Cardinall's Musick continues its odyssey through Byrd's vocal output … the singing here is clean and balanced, with no attempt to make women's voices resemble those of boys' (The Sunday Times)

'Carwood has given us a series of Byrd recordings that will be a monument when he has finished, and this is a worthy part of the series… don’t wait to add this to our collection' (Fanfare, USA)
Salve sola Dei genetrix is a very unusual text. Scored for three high voices with a low voice, it is a setting of an anonymous paraphrase of the Ave Maria text which is heavily influenced by madrigalian gestures and ideas, most notably at the words ‘nunc, et in extrema’ and ‘o ne morte relinquas’ where the use of rhetoric and harmony sounds closer to early Monteverdi than to Byrd himself.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2009

Salve sola Dei genetrix, une hymne écrite pour trois voix aiguës et une basse, a un texte fort inhabituel puisqu’il s’agit d’une paraphrase anonyme de l’Ave Maria; l’influence des idées madrigalesques s’y fait profondément sentir, surtout aux mots «nunc, et in extrema» et «o ne morte relinquas», où l’usage de la rhétorique et de l’harmonie s’approche plus du premier Monteverdi que de Byrd lui-même.

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

Das Salve sola Dei genetrix ist ein ausgesprochen ungewöhnlicher Text. Das Werk ist für drei hohe Stimmen und Bassstimme angelegt und ist eine Vertonung einer anonymen Paraphrase des Ave Maria-Texts und weist deutlich gewisse madrigalische Gesten auf, insbesondere bei den Worten „nunc, et in extrema“ und „o ne morte relinquas“, wo der Einsatz von Rhetorik und Harmonie eher nach einem frühen Monteverdi klingt als nach Byrd selbst.

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

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