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Track(s) taken from CDA67779

Domine, non sum dignus

6vv; Cantiones Sacrae 1591 xxiii
author of text
Luke 7: 6-7

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
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Recording details: April 2009
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: February 2010
Total duration: 3 minutes 6 seconds

Cover artwork: The Suffering of the Saints: St Paul on the Road to Damascus, from the Heures d'Etienne Chevalier (c1445) by Jean Fouquet (c1420-1480)
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Hyperion has done Byrd proud … it's a mixture also of the celebratory, as though the singers were congratulating themselves on a job well done—as well they might—and the pentitential, concluding with the full ensemble in a finely judged and quite extrovert Infelix ego, surely one of Byrd's most memorable motets … the commitment of singers and label alike is a cause for gratitude, perhaps even optimism. Congratulations to all concerned' (Gramophone)

'The Cardinall's Musick pays tribute to the whole landscape of Byrd's genius with a passion that ends the project on a high. As with the earlier instalments, Andrew Carwood's direction and programming are equally inspired … the centrepiece is the searing Infelix ego; here, the recusant Byrd explores a martyr's preparation for death, taking the listener through every emotional extreme before transcending the built-up tension in a glorious coda. The musical imagination of The Cardinall's Musick does full justice to that of Byrd. Unique about this ensemble is its expressiveness, whether members sing seamlessly as one or tug at each other's lines. The group's delivery is a sensual delight' (BBC Music Magazine)
Domine, non sum dignus is an exquisite setting of words spoken by a centurion when Christ offers to come to his house to heal the man’s servant (Luke 7: 6–7), a text most often used as a preparation before receiving the host at Mass. Byrd displays his usual madrigalian features, especially at the words ‘sed tantum dic verbum’ (‘but only say the word’) where the imitation comes thick and fast before the healing of the final section.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2010

Domine, non sum dignus exprime exquisément les paroles prononcées par un centenier quand le Christ offre de venir chez lui soigner son serviteur (Luc 7: 6–7), un texte très souvent utilisé pour se préparer à recevoir l’hostie, à la messe. Byrd déploie ses habituels traits madrigalesques, surtout à «sed tantum dic verbum» («mais dis seulement un mot»), où l’imitation se densifie et s’accélère avant la guérison de la section finale.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Domine, non sum dignus ist eine exquisite Vertonung der Worte, die ein Zenturio spricht, als Christus anbietet, in sein Haus zu kommen und seinen Diener zu heilen (Lukas 7, 6–7), ein Text, der zumeist als Vorbereitung eingesetzt wird, bevor bei der Messe die Hostie empfangen wird. Byrd setzt seine charakteristischen madrigalischen Elemente ein, insbesondere bei den Worten „sed tantum dic verbum“ („aber sprich nur ein Wort“), wo die Imitation sofort danach folgt, bevor der heilsame Schlussteil erklingt.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2010
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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