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Track(s) taken from CDA67524

Deus in adiutorium

8vv double choir
author of text
Psalm 69 (70): 2

Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Recording details: October 2004
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2005
Total duration: 2 minutes 2 seconds

Cover artwork: Chalice cover of feathers and bark (c.1540).
Museo Nacional de Antropologica, Mexico City

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'… ending in a frenzy of whoops and shrieks—Ex Cathedra more exhilaratingly uninhibited than I've heard them before. After such abandoned exuberance, Vesoers ends with an endearingly unaffected recessional hymn. Instruments and voices are reduced, one by one, until nothing remains but hummed voices lingering in the air—and the memory of a most impressive disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This second collection from Jeffrey Skidmore fizzes with excitement and energy and is every bit as engrossing as his first' (The Independent)

'Ex Cathedra enter into the festive spirit with the infectious enthusiasm for this newly discovered treasure-trove that also pervades their crisp, stylish performances of the more sober pieces' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Here is a truly wonderful disc, by reason of the splendours of the works chosen and the superbly controlled enthusiasm and skill of the performers … an absolute winner' (International Record Review)

'A fascinating re-creation' (The Guardian)

'bursting with fun and uplifting music. The liturgical items shine with melodic beauty and joy' (The Times)

'truly sublime…all beautifully played, sung and recorded' (The Sunday Times)

'Skidmore and Ex Cathedra fill this album with some of the most alive, infectious and uplifting Baroque polyphony I've ever heard … A very special release' (Classic FM Magazine)

'In an engagingly personal note, Jeffrey Skidmore tells of his exploratory journeys to Latin America, where he uncovered vast amounts of a treasure store of repertoire that is evident not only from his words, but also the performances he inspires from Ex Cathedra. To induce such idiomatically colourful singing and playing on October days in London is an achievement warranting unreserved plaudits. Viva! Viva, Jeffrey!' (Fanfare, USA)

'The musicians of Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore add further lustre to their reputation with some ravishing vocal and instrumental performances which are by turns exuberantly sophisticated and intensely moving in their simplicity. A short review cannot hope to do justice to this wonderful CD. Buy it!' (Cathedral Music)

'Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra turn the dead contents of dusty archives into a thrilling programme … one of the finest albums of early baroque music to grace its catalogue' (Music Week)
The short Office of None (usually recited rapidly, in the afternoon) seems to have been taken over in some Spanish and colonial churches by confraternities or by convents of nuns for special services. A number of settings of the Psalm Mirabilia testimonia survive in Mexico and in Spain (e.g. Valencia). They often bear such titles as ‘Salmo de Nona para las Religiosas de Madalenas’. Padilla’s Mirabilia happens to survive in a convent choirbook (Holy Trinity, Puebla) now in the National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico, as well as in the Puebla Cathedral ‘Padilla Choirbook’. The setting of the Versicle and Response (Deus in adiutorium) is clearly paired with the Psalm and they have common endings in the music of the doxology. Padilla sets these texts with real verve and his declamation of the words is resourceful and lively. The choirs call, answer and combine in great splendour.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1990

Il semble que, dans certaines églises espagnoles et coloniales, des confraternités ou des couvents de religieuses aient repris le court office de none (généralement vite récité dans l’après-midi) pour des services particuliers. Plusieurs mises en musique du psaume Mirabilia testimonia subsistent au Mexique et en Espagne (à Valence, par exemple), avec souvent des titres comme «Salmo de Nona para las Religiosas de Madalenas». Il se trouve que le Mirabilia de Padilla figure toujours dans un livre de chœur conventuel (Sainte-Trinité, Puebla), actuellement conservé à l’Institut national des Beaux-Arts du Mexique, et dans le «Livre de chœur de Padilla» (cathédrale de Puebla). La mise en musique du verset et du répons (Deus in adiutorium) est clairement couplée au psaume, avec des finales communes dans la musique de la doxologie. Ces textes, Padilla les met en musique avec une réelle verve et sa déclamation est inventive, animée. Les chœurs s’appellent, se répondent et se combinent dans une grande splendeur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Bruno Turner © 1990
Français: Hypérion

Das kurze Stundengebet für die Non (gewöhnlich am Nachmittag schnell heruntergebetet) scheint in einigen spanischen und Kolonialkirchen von Bruderschaften oder Nonnenklöstern für besondere Anlässe übernommen worden zu sein. Eine Anzahl von Vertonungen des Psalms Mirabilia testimonia sind in Mexiko und Spanien (z.B. Valencia) erhalten. Sie tragen oft Titel wie „Salmo de Nona para las Religiosas de Madalenas“. Padillas Mirabilia ist in einem Chorbuch eines Konvents (Dreifaltigkeit, Puebla) überliefert, das sich heute im Nationalinstitut der Schönen Künste, Mexiko befindet, sowie im „Padilla-Chorbuch“ der Kathedrale von Puebla. Die Vertonung von Versikel und Responsum (Deus in adiutorium) bildet eindeutig ein Paar mit dem Psalm, und beide schließen mit der gleichen Musik in der Doxologie. Padilla vertont diese Texte schwungvoll mit erfindungsreicher und lebhafter Deklamation der Worte. Die Chöre deklamieren, antworten und vereinigen sich mit großer Pracht.

aus dem Begleittext von Bruno Turner © 1990
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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