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Jesu salvator saeculi

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Hymn at Compline from Low Sunday until the Vigil of the Ascension

The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Recording details: January 2005
Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Release date: July 2005
Total duration: 4 minutes 14 seconds

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'In its entirety this disc is a sublime tribute both to one of England's greatest composers, and to the skill and conviction of one of today's finest ensembles' (Gramophone)

'This superbly sung selection of some of his finest Latin church music will surely prove to be one of Tallis's very best 500th birthday presents. It is hard to imagine a better performance of the magnificent six-part votive antiphon Gaude gloriosa' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This is the first manifestation of the new exclusive contract between Hyperion and the Cardinall's Musick. With Andrew Carwood's scholarly approach to Tudor music, coupled with the individual excellence of each of his singers and the superlative production values of Hyperion, I suspect this is going to be a very fruitful collaboration' (International Record Review)

'This is a highlight of the Tallis year' (Fanfare, USA)

'This marvellously full-throated performance can stand comparison with any … throughout, the performances maintain the high level The Cardinall's Musick have consistently displayed in their Byrd series, being beautifully tuned and balanced … a strong 5-star recommendation' (Goldberg)
According to the rite of Salisbury, Jesu salvator saeculi and Sermone blando angelus are both hymns for use from Low Sunday until the Ascension Vigil, the first at Compline and the second at Lauds. They are similar in style, essentially syllabic and homophonic, and alternate plainsong with composed music, the cantus firmus being preserved in the top part. Tallis takes the opportunity to reuse material, merely swapping the contratenor and tenor parts (verses 2 and 4 in each case use this scheme and in Sermone blando verse 6 and the doxology have the same music). These pieces, like all of Tallis’s hymns, are modest, clear and compact – entirely suited to performance within the liturgy.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2005

Selon le rite de Salisbury, Jesu salvator saeculi et Sermone blando angelus sont des hymnes destinées à la période allant de la quasimodo à la vigile de l’Ascension – le première à complies, la seconde à laudes. Toutes deux présentent un même style, essentiellement syllabique et homophone, avec une alternance plain-chant/musique composée, le cantus firmus étant conservé dans la partie supérieure. Saisissant l’occasion de réutiliser du matériau, Tallis échange simplement les parties de contre-ténor et de ténor (les versets 2 et 4 adoptent systématiquement ce schéma et, dans Sermone blando, le verset 6 et la doxologie partagent la même musique). Comme toutes les hymnes de Tallis, ces pièces sont modestes, limpides et compactes – parfaitement adaptées à une interprétation au sein de la liturgie.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Der Liturgie von Salisbury zufolge sind Jesu salvator saeculi und Sermone blando angelus beide Hymnussätze für die Zeit vom Weißen Sonntag bis zum Tag vor Christi Himmelfahrt, wobei der erste in der Komplet und der zweite in der Laudes zu singen ist. Sie sind stilistisch ähnlich, hauptsächlich syllabisch und homophon und es werden jeweils Choral-Passagen mit komponierten Teilen alterniert, wobei der Cantus firmus in der Oberstimme bewahrt wird. Tallis ergreift die Gelegenheit und verwertet das Material wieder und tauscht lediglich den Contratenor mit dem Tenor (s. Verse 2 und 4; in Sermone blando ist in Vers 6 sowie in der Doxologie die Musik die gleiche). Diese Werke sind, wie alle Hymnussätze von Tallis, bescheiden, klar und kompakt – ausgesprochen passend für die Aufführung in der Liturgie.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2005
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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