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Track(s) taken from CDA67938

Credo IV

author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor), Peter Stevens (organ)
Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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Recording details: October 2011
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: January 2013
Total duration: 4 minutes 37 seconds

Cover artwork: The Annunciation with two saints and four prophets (1333) by Simone Martini (1284-1344)
& Lippo Memmi (fl1317-1347). Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The choir is on excellent form and the recorded sound seems perfectly to capture a sense of place, of atmosphere' (Gramophone)

'This is an album for those who love the acoustic, the atmosphere and the traditions of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in London … the pacing and cohesion of the Agnus Dei of Paelstrina's Missa Emendemus in Melius is accomplished and moving, and their singing of plainsong with organ second-to-none' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The true musical spirit of the Lenten season … is to be found in the ancient antiphons, psalms and motets which have been part of the liturgical fabric of the season for centuries. This is what we have here, and an intensely beautiful CD it makes too … nobody could remain untouched by the profound beauty and timelessness of this music, and given these unaffected, sensitive and fluent performances from a choir which has been singing Lenten music in a liturgical context for decades, the result is something very special indeed … this is a beautifully devised programme, sung with ineffable perceptiveness by the Westminster choristers and recorded with utterly natural atmosphere by the Hyperion team' (International Record Review)
Credo IV (in contrast to its more famous counterpart, Credo III) springs from the fifteenth century rather than the seventeenth. But a singular compositional guiding hand is evident at the climax of the movement, where the resurrection is painted by stretching the range momentarily one degree higher. Credo IV is an article of faith, and a clear adaptation of an old melody to suit the early-modern taste for word painting.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2013

Le Credo IV (par contraste avec son pendant le Credo III, plus connu) vient du XVe siècle plutôt que du XVIIe siècle. Mais une main singulière guide l’écriture de l’apogée du mouvement, qui voit la résurrection brossée en étirant momentanément l’ambitus d’un degré vers le haut. Le Credo IV est un article de foi qui adapte clairement une vieille mélodie au goût moderne, alors naissant, pour le figuralisme.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Summerly © 2013
Français: Hypérion

Das Credo IV (im Gegensatz zu seinem berühmteren Pendant, dem Credo III) stammt aus dem 15. statt aus dem 17. Jahrhundert. Jedoch wird beim Höhepunkt eine einzigartige lenkende kompositorische Hand deutlich, wo die Auferstehung durch eine vorübergehende Ausdehnung des Tonumfangs dargestellt wird. Das Credo IV ist ein Glaubensgrundsatz und eine offensichtliche Bearbeitung einer alten Melodie, die der frühneuzeitlichen Vorliebe für Wortmalerei entgegenkam.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Summerly © 2013
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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