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Track(s) taken from CDGIM017

Veni, redemptor gentium

author of text
Hymn at Vespers on Christmas Day

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Recording details: Unknown
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: September 1988
Total duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds

Cover artwork: The Three Magi (from the Copenhagen Psalter).
Copenhagen, Royal Library MS Thott 143 2o. Reproduced by permission

Other recordings available for download

The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter (conductor)


'There seems to be nothing The Tallis Scholars undertake that falls short of the mark … The Tallis Scholars' performance here is, like the music, born of purity and simplicity. And, also like these chants, it transcends the physical confines of notation and text to allow the listener to dwell, undistracted by harmony, instrumental accompaniment, or complex contrapunctal texture, on the liturgy's higher, more immediate purpose … the music on its own is quite beautiful and extraordinarily eloquent, almost hypnotic in its effect' (CDReview)
The text of this chant (proper to Christmas Eve Vespers) is one of the finest of the early Christian hymns, known in many translations including Luther’s famous German version Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland. The music comes from the rich repertory of Sarum chants (that is, the chants used in the pre-Reformation liturgy at Salisbury Cathedral), and is also found in the Aberdeen, York and Mozarabic breviaries.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1995

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Christmas with The Tallis Scholars
CDGIM2022CDs for the price of 1
Images of Christ
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