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Track(s) taken from CDA66259

Libera nos, salva nos I

author of text
Sixth Psalm Antiphon at Matins on Trinity Sunday

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Recording details: January 1988
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1988
Total duration: 2 minutes 56 seconds

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'A magnificent collection. The Sixteen consistently convey the rapturous beauty of Sheppard's writing, above all in ethereal passages in the highest register. There are not many more beautiful records of Tudor polyphony than this' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
John Sheppard (1515-1558) was, like Tallis, appointed a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal during the reign of Henry VIII, having previously been Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford. Without the proliferation of printing that came in later periods, and the constantly changing allegiances between Catholicism and Protestantism, it has proved difficult to date much of Sheppard’s music, and many of his Catholic works could have been from the reign of Henry or Mary, with no great variation in style between the two periods. It is suspected that this setting of the text was written while Sheppard was at Oxford, as it was employed twice each day at Magdalen College, despite its proper use being as an antiphon at Matins on Trinity Sunday. Similar to Tallis’s Loquebantur, Sheppard’s Libera nos, salva nos contains a cantus firmus of the plainsong in the lowest voice part, beneath tranquil and measured polyphony.

from notes by Adam Binks © 2009

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