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Track(s) taken from CDH55430

O quam suavis est, Domine

Liber Primus Missarum, published in 1602 at the Royal Press in Madrid; 6vv; SSAATB
author of text
Antiphon at First Vespers on the Feast of Corpus Christi; Wisdom 12: 1, 16:21

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: 6 minutes 32 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

Other recordings available for download

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)


'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 quam suavis est, Domine is a glowing and warm expression of the words honouring the sweet sacrament of Communion. The six voices weave a rich harmonic texture but they each retain considerable individuality. Notice especially at the end how Lobo makes voice after voice climb gently through the others.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1985

O quam suavis est, Domine traduit avec éclat et chaleur les mots honorant le doux sacrement de la Communion. Les six voix tissent une riche texture harmonique tout en conservant chacune une immense singularité. Remarquez surtout comment, à la fin, Lobo fait se hisser les voix les unes après les autres.

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

O quam suavis est, Domine ist ein leuchtender und warmer Ausdruck der Worte, die das süße Sakrament des Abendmahls ehren. Die sechs Stimmen verbinden sich zu einem reichhaltigen harmonischen Klanggewebe, wobei sie jedoch ebenfalls ein beachtliches Maß an Individualität beibehalten. Besonders bemerkenswert ist das Ende, wo Lobo jede Stimme behutsam durch die anderen hindurch führt.

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

Other albums featuring this work

Lobo: Missa Maria Magdalene
Lobo: Lamentations & other sacred music
Studio Master: CDA68106Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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