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Track(s) taken from CDH55367

Christe redemptor omnium

6vv SSATTB; collection of Hymns published in Rome by Francisco Coattino, 1589
author of text
Hymn at First Vespers, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Recording details: February 2003
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2003
Total duration: 7 minutes 54 seconds

Cover artwork: Nativity (1527) by Lorenzo Lotto (c1480-1556)
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Ensemble is watertight throughout, and the Hyperion engineers have done a very good job of capturing the live-ness of the acoustic without every succumbing to muddiness. In sum, this is a brightly focused, clear-as-day tour through Palestrina’s Christmas music that seems to evoke Mediterranean sun rather than northern European snow … you have a good excuse to investigate' (MusicWeb International)» More
Christe redemptor omnium is prescribed in the Antiphonale Monasticum as a hymn at First Vespers of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. It is one of a substantial collection of settings by Palestrina of hymns for seasonal use which was published in 1589 in Rome by Francisco Coattino. This six-part hymn is an alternatim composition—that is, alternate verses of the hymn are set to chant and polyphony, and the prominence of the plainsong in the composition is enhanced by the way that the melody of the chant, or fragments of it, are present in slow notes much of the time in one or other of the voices. This a wonderfully rich composition which uses a great variety of musical techniques to illuminate the meaning of the words, one example of which is the lively triple-time section at the words ‘praising and raising songs of exultation’.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

Christe redemptor omnium est prescrit dans le Antiphonale Monasticum en tant que chant des Premières Vêpres de la Fête de la Nativité. Il fait partie d’une collection importante d’arrangements par Palestrina de chants pour l’année liturgique, publiée à Rome en 1589 par Francisco Coattino. Ce chant à six voix est une composition de type alternatim, c’est-à-dire aux versets alternés plain-chant et polyphonie, le plain-chant étant mis en valeur dans cette composition par la manière dont la mélodie du chant, ou ses fragments, est présentée par des notes lentes la plupart du temps dans l’une ou l’autre des voix. Composition merveilleusement riche, elle a recours à de nombreuses techniques musicales pour éclairer le sens des mots comme, par exemple, dans la section animée à trois temps, «chants de gloire et de louange».

extrait des notes rédigées par Jon Dixon © 2003
Français: Marie Luccheta

Christe redemptor omnium ist im Antiphonale Monasticum als Hymnus der ersten Vesper des Weihnachtsfest verzeichnet. Es gehört zu einer beachtlichen Sammlung von Hymnusvertonungen Palestrinas, die 1589 in Rom von Francisco Coattino herausgegeben wurden. Dieser sechsstimmige Hymnus ist eine Alternatimskomposition, d.h. homophon vertonte Strophen alternieren mit polyphonen Strophen. Die führende Rolle des Cantus planus wird noch verstärkt, indem die Melodieteile des Chorals meistens in einer der Stimmen in den langsamen Noten präsent sind. Es ist dies eine sehr reichhaltige Komposition, in der viele musikalische Stilmittel verwendet werden, um die Bedeutung des Textes zu erhellen, wie etwa in der lebhaften Dreiertaktpassage bei den Worten „lobt und stimmt Jubellieder an“.

aus dem Begleittext von Jon Dixon © 2003
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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