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Track(s) taken from CDH55317

Salve regina

8vv double choir
author of text
Antiphon to the Virgin Mary from Trinity until Advent

Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Recording details: June 1989
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1990
Total duration: 8 minutes 19 seconds

Cover artwork: Gold leaf interior of 17th-century Baroque chapel, Mexico.
Reproduced by kind permission of the Mexican Embassy, London


'If like me, your knowledge of Mexican music was previously, shall we say undeveloped, you may similarly be stunned by the treasures unveiled here' (Music, USA)
Padilla is at his best in this piece. He uses all the techniques of contrasted textures and voice groupings; he writes homophonic and antiphonal declamation, then with reduced parts he weaves a dangerously inflected polyphony to emphasize the groaning and weeping in the vale of tears. At ‘gementes’ he gets into a strange state of harmonic instability that cannot be edited away.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 2009

Padilla, qui est ici à son meilleur, utilise toutes les techniques de textures contrastées et de regroupements vocaux; il écrit une déclamation homophonique et antiphonée puis, avec des parties réduites, il tisse une polyphonie dangereusement infléchie pour exacerber les soupirs et les pleurs dans la vallée de larmes. À «gementes», il passe à un curieux état d’instabilité, impossible à supprimer.

extrait des notes rédigées par Bruno Turner © 1990
Français: Hypérion

In diesem Stück ist Padilla in bester Form. Er verwendet alle Techniken kontrastierender Satzweise und Gruppierungen der Stimmen; er schreibt homophone und antiphonale Deklamation, dann webt er mit reduzierten Stimmen eine gefährlich inflektierte Polyphonie um das Seufzen und Weinen im irdischen Jammertal. Bei „gementes“ gerät er in einen seltsamen Status harmonischer Instabilität, die nicht wegrevidiert werden kann.

aus dem Begleittext von Bruno Turner © 1990
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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