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Absterge Domine

Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur (1575)
author of text

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: 5 minutes 49 seconds

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The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
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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)
Absterge Domine was one of Tallis’s most popular settings appearing in four contrafacta sources as well as the 1575 Cantiones Sacrae. Deeply penitential in character, it falls into a number of short sections some of which are repeated for dramatic effect. Tallis’s sure hand for drama is obvious throughout, allowing the motet to rise and fall, using minor and major modes to heighten and release the dramatic flow.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2005

Absterge Domine, l’une des œuvres les plus populaires de Tallis, apparaît dans quatre sources de contrafacta et dans les Cantiones Sacrae de 1575. Profondément pénitentielle, elle se découpe en plusieurs courtes sections, dont certaines sont répétées pour plus d’effet dramatique. L’assurance de Tallis dans ce domaine ne se dément jamais, qui permet au motet de monter et de descendre, l’usage des modes mineurs et majeurs venant rehausser et libérer le flux dramatique.

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

Absterge Domine war eine der beliebtesten Vertonungen von Tallis und erscheint sowohl in vier Kontrafakturquellen als auch in den Cantiones Sacrae von 1575. Es hat einen sehr reuevollen Charakter und fällt in mehrere kurze Abschnitte, von denen einige wiederholt werden, um den dramatischen Effet zu verstärken. Tallis’ sicherer Sinn für Drama ist durchweg erkennbar; die Motette steigt an und fällt und Moll- und Durtonarten setzen den dramatischen Fluss frei.

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

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