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Track(s) taken from CDH55430

Regina caeli a 8

1584; Liber Vesperarum; 8vv
author of text
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Paschal Time

Westminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Recording details: July 1985
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: December 1986
Total duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds

Cover artwork: The Immaculate Conception (detail) by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London

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'The strength of Westminster Cathedral Choir lies in its ability to sing long melodic lines expressively and in a broad, sustained manner … a controversial record, then; but it is certainly one that all lovers of late Renaissance church music ought to hear' (Gramophone)

'The shaping of the lines, the choice of tempi and the differentiated dynamic shading all contribute to this disc making a lasting impression … if you missed this recording when it was first released this is your chance to make up for it' (MusicWeb International)
Guerrero wrote two settings of this joyful Antiphon. In an intimate four-part version he used the local Spanish chant melody, but he produced the present grand eight-part one using the Roman melody, well known throughout Christendom. This came out in the Liber Vesperarum of 1584. Not startlingly antiphonal, it nevertheless is for eight voices distributed as two equal choirs. The ringing ‘Alleluia’ endings of each section show how vigorous Guerrero could be. It gives the lie to the impression that used to be passed on by music histories that would have Guerrero over-sweet, lacking the strength of Morales and Victoria.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1999

Guerrero écrivit deux mises en musique de cette antienne joyeuse. Une version dépouillée, à quatre parties, utilise une mélodie grégorienne espagnole locale; mais la présente version grandiose, à huit parties, recourt à la mélodie romaine connue de toute la chrétienté. Elle parut dans le Liber vesperarum (1584). Curieusement non antiphoné, il ne s’en adresse pas moins à huit voix distribuées en deux chœurs égaux. Les retentissants «Alleluia» qui terminent chaque section révèlent toute la vigueur dont Guerrero pouvait se montrer capable. Voilà qui contrarie l’image, véhiculée par les histoires de la musique, d’un Guerrero trop doux, n’ayant la force ni d’un Morales, ni d’un Victoria.

extrait des notes rédigées par Bruno Turner © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Guerrero hat zwei Vertonungen dieser freudigen Antiphon vorgenommen. Für eine intime vierstimmige Fassung zog er die örtliche spanische Choralmelodie heran, doch die vorliegende prachtvolle achstimmige Fassung schuf er unter Verwendung der im gesamten Verbreitungsgebiet des Christentums bekannten römischen Melodie. Sie wurde im Liber Vesperarum von 1584 veröffentlicht.

aus dem Begleittext von Bruno Turner © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Guerrero escribió dos composiciones a partir de esta antífona jubilosa. En una versión íntima a cuatro voces utilizó la melodía local española del canto, pero produjo la gran pieza a ocho voces aquí recogida sirviéndose de la melodía romana, famosa en toda la Cristiandad. Apareció en el Liber Vesperarum de 1584.

Bruno Turner © 1999
Español: Luis Gago

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