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Track(s) taken from CDA67507

O Wisdom of God

author of text
Great 'O' Antiphons (17-23 December)
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Additional Advent Antiphon (France, 18th century)

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: 9 minutes 38 seconds

Cover artwork: Finale (detail) by 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)
O Wisdom of God is a series of seven Advent antiphons (known as the ‘O’ antiphons) which look forward to the birth of the Christ child as Redeemer and Saviour. To these are added an eighth and final antiphon. Like Seven Letters, this tableau makes use of recitative, although in this case the recitative is entirely choral rather than a melodic line with simple accompaniment. In keeping with the expectation of the text, the breathless repetition of the refrain ‘Come, Lord Jesu’ becomes more insistent as the piece progresses.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly © 2005

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