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Track(s) taken from CDGIM031

Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui

author of text
Song of Songs

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 29 seconds

Cover artwork: Santa Maria Magdalena Penitent (detail) ((c1576)) by Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) (1541-1614)
Museu de Monserrat, Barcelona


'The Tallis Scholars are on superb form, the overall sound vibrant and immediate with solo sections (such as the Benedictus) providing contrast through a more introspective approach. Even if you've never heard of Lobo, or have never bought a CD of late-Renaissance polyphony before, try this one—you'll be bowled over' (Gramophone)
Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui has an obscure genesis which seems to celebrate the legend of the Blessed Virgin Mary visiting Toledo Cathedral in ad666, when she appeared to Bishop St Ildefonso. At any rate the text is unique: the first sentence comes from the Song of Songs, the second from the Feast of the Descent as it was presented locally in Toledo up to the end of the nineteenth century.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1997

Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui, dont la genèse est obscure, semble célébrer la légende de la bienheureuse Vierge Marie apparue à l’évêque saint Ildefonso en 666 ap.J.C., en la cathédrale de Tolède. Quoi qu’il en soit, son texte est unique: la première phrase provient du Cantique des cantiques, la seconde de la fête de la Descente, telle qu’elle fut présentée, à Tolède, jusqu’à la fin du XIXe siècle.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Phillips © 1997
Français: Gimell

Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui hat eine nicht eindeutige Genese, die auf die Legende von der Visite der Jungfrau Maria in der Kathedrale von Toledo im Jahre 666 zurückzugehen scheint, als sie dem Bischof Sankt Ildefonso erschien. Der Text ist jedenfalls einzigartig: Der erste Satz stammt aus dem Hohelied, der Zweite aus der Feier der Kreuzabnahme, wie sie in Toledo bis zum Ende des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts dargeboten wurde.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Phillips © 1997
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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