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Track(s) taken from CDA30030

Salve regina

5vv; chant verses from Luys de Villafranca (1565)
author of text
Antiphon to the Virgin Mary from Trinity until Advent

Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Recording details: October 2002
All Saints, Tooting, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 2003
Total duration: 12 minutes 25 seconds

Cover artwork: Aztec shield (detail) (c1500).
Museum für Völkerkunde, Vienna

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It is the Salve regina in the version for five voices (two tiple or treble parts) that is performed here. The plainchant verses are taken from Luys de Villafranca’s tutor published in Seville in 1565. Franco set ‘Et Jesum benedictum’ in two versions and we have used the second, which is for the high voices while the basses rest. Franco is expansive, one might say diffuse; he takes twenty-five bars of modern score to set the last three words, but his music is expressive and very singable.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1990

C’est son Salve regina à cinq voix (deux tiple ou parties de dessus) qui est interprété ici. Les versets en plain-chant proviennent du manuel de Luys de Villafranca publié à Séville en 1565. Franco réalisa deux versions d’«Et Jesum benedictum»; nous avons choisi la seconde, destinée aux voix aiguës (les basses se taisent). Franco est expansif, diffus pourrait-on dire: il lui faut vingt-cinq mesures d’une partition moderne pour mettre en musique les trois derniers mots, mais sa musique est expressive et fort chantable.

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

Hier wird das Salve regina in der Fassung für fünf Stimmen (mit zwei tiple oder Sopranstimmen) aufgeführt. Die Choralverse sind dem Lehrbuch von Luys de Villafranca entnommen, das 1565 in Sevilla veröffentlicht wurde. Franco vertonte „Et Jesum benedictum“ in zwei Fassungen, von denen wir die zweite für die Oberstimmen, in denen die Bässe schweigen, verwendet haben. Franco ist expansiv, fast langatmig—für die letzten drei Worte braucht er 25 Takte in der modernen Notation—aber seine Musik ist expressiv und sehr sangbar.

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

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