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Track(s) taken from CDA67945

O quam suavis est a 8 II

No 15 of Cantiones sacrae octonis vocibus, 1613; SATB SATB
author of text
Magnificat Antiphon at First Vespers, Corpus Christi

Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough (conductor)
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Recording details: January 2012
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: March 2013
Total duration: 4 minutes 57 seconds

Cover artwork: The sense of hearing (1617) by Jan Breughel the Elder (1568-1625)
Prado, Madrid / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The Choir of Royal Holloway is a fine one on this showing … the overall sound full and well balanced but not overpowering … The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble do a fine job, ornamenting their lines judiciously without upstaging the singers … a very enjoyable portrait of a composer whose name deserves to be better known' (Gramophone)

'The Royal Holloway Choir is adept and musical and, at its best, can pull off splendid performances as we can hear in the opening Benedictus Deus noster where voices and instruments combine … the highlight of the album is the shapely and effective performance of Caecilia virgo which makes the most of the timbral contrast between the groups. And the disc ends with a version of Hodie nobis that is full of panache' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Philips, an English recusant, settled in Brussels and knew Brueghel and Rubens well, his music celebrated in artistic circles as an engine of the Counter-Reformation. These delightfully rich eight-part motets from 1613 are sung here to mark their 400th anniversary, with stately cornetts and sackbuts enhancing the majesty. Rupert Gough and his fresh young voices make a convincing case for these unjustly neglected works' (The Observer)
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