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Track(s) taken from CDA67507

Adoro te

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Tonus Peregrinus, Antony Pitts (conductor)
Recording details: September 2000
St Peter and St Paul, Wadhust, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Cotton
Engineered by Geoff Miles
Release date: June 2005
Total duration: 3 minutes 55 seconds

Cover artwork: Finale (detail). David Jenks
Private Collection / Reproduced by kind permission of the artist


‘Tonus Peregrinus is a double quartet of expert singers brought together by the composer. With firm, fresh voices and precise intonation … they sound as ideal a group for fulfilling his intentions as he is likely to find on this side of the Heaven to which so much of his music aspires’ (Gramophone)

‘Seven shorter pieces complete the programme, the best of which are Adoro te and Amen, both of which make striking use of dynamic and spatial effects. The performances are excellent’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘Heatedly recommended’ (Fanfare, USA)
Adoro te is a Communion hymn to a text by the thirteenth-century theologian St Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas believed that Communion was the greatest of the seven sacraments and Pitts’s simple but powerful setting of this four-verse hymn underlines that. The music is largely consonant, although it becomes more urgently dissonant as the hymn progresses. Christ’s presence is recognized in the living bread of the sacrament and as the fountain of all that is good; ultimately the prayer is that Christ may be seen face to face. The choir begins from afar, the sopranos entering first, followed soon by the altos and tenors who are eventually joined by the basses. The melody appears in the soprano part for the first two verses and migrates to the tenor part in the third verse. At the beginning of the fourth verse the melody starts in the bass part and then passes back up through the tenor and alto parts as the hymn reaches its climax – a soft unison ‘Amen’.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2005

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