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Track(s) taken from CDH55430

O sacrum convivium

1570; 6vv
author of text
Antiphon at Second Vespers on the feast of Corpus Christi; 1 Corinthians 11: 26, Romans 8: 18

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: 5 minutes 9 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


'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)
O sacrum convivium (1570) is for six-part choir with a low emphasis (SAATBB). This is a richly woven tapestry of sound depicting the sacred banquet of Communion. The whole post-Reformation Catholic devotion to this sacrament seems embodied in this rapt and sustained inspiration.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1985

O sacrum convivium (1570) s’adresse à un chœur à six parties porté sur les graves (SAATBB). Cette riche tapisserie sonore dépeint le banquet sacré de la Communion et toute la dévotion catholique pour ce sacrement—nous sommes au lendemain de la Réforme—est comme enchâssée dans cette inspiration extasiée, soutenue.

extrait des notes rédigées par Bruno Turner © 1985
Français: Hypérion

O sacrum convivium (1570) ist für sechsstimmigen Chor angelegt, wobei die tiefen Stimmen im Vordergrund stehen (SAATBB). Es handelt sich dabei um einen prächtigen Klangteppich, der das heilige Abendmahl darstellt. In diesem verzückten und anhaltenden Werk scheint die nachreformatorische katholische Hingabe zu diesem Sakrament in ihrer Gänze dargestellt zu werden.

aus dem Begleittext von Bruno Turner © 1985
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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