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Track(s) taken from CDA67522

Christe redemptor omnium

chant verses
fauxbourdon verses
author of text

Benedict Payne (treble), Westminster Cathedral Choir, Matthew Martin (organ), Martin Baker (conductor)
Recording details: March 2005
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 4 minutes 6 seconds

Cover artwork: Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) by Angelo Bronzino (1503-1572)
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'With the glorious acoustical space of Westminster Cathedral, this disc has inbuilt atmosphere, enhanced by organ improvisations and by the choir's fluent singing of plainchant Latin antiphons and psalms as they might be heard at Christmas Eve Vespers … the service has as its spiritual climax the five-part Magnificat by Tallis, sung with invigorating thrust and guts that contrast favourably with more guarded approaches to the Renaissance masters' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Christmas comes with a combination of simplicity and stunning excitement in this recording' (American Record Guide)

'The real value of this disc is the palpable sense of atmosphere in the listening. The service unfolds in the acoustic space of the great Byzantine structure, almost making the listener present … this disc is quite unique, a hugely successful evocation of Catholic cathedral worship at its best' (Fanfare, USA)

'Westminster Cathedral Choir and Martin Baker give us a rich evocation of the complete service of Vespers at the Cathedral as it is currently sung. If you close your eyes you can almost smell the incense' (MusicWeb International)

'This issue presents a purified version of the Office of Vespers as it might be heard on Christmas Eve in Westminster Cathedral, a monument steeped in art, music and spirituality. The precious thread which runs throughout the whole liturgy on this disc is the 'chant' giving the office a rhythm rich in natural beauty as well as a clarity of text and expressive language. All this uplifting experience is complimented by motets and canticles by Tallis, Victoria and Schutz with Langlais' mighty 'Fête' for organ concluding this riveting service. The Cathedral Choir under Martin Baker sing their hearts out, and while intonation and ensemble are impeccable, it is the authentic love of this music that they so successfully bequeath to the listener' (Classical.net)
The hymn Christe redemptor omnium is a poetic meditation on the Feast of Christmas in seven verses. The repertory of hymns for Divine Office is one of the most beautiful and seems to have generated wonderfully thoughtful and satisfying melodies from the chant writers. The falsobordone setting used here provides a stimulating juxtaposition and was written by Matthew Martin, the Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2006

L’hymne Christe redemptor omnium est une méditation poétique, en sept strophes, sur la fête de Noël. Le répertoire des hymnes de l’office divin—l’un plus beaux—semble avoir inspiré aux auteurs de plain-chant des mélodies merveilleusement réfléchies et gratifiantes. Le falsobordone utilisé ici offre une stimulante juxtaposition; il fut écrit par Matthew Martin, le Assistant Master of Music à la cathédrale.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Der Hymnus Christe redemptor omnium ist eine poetische Meditation in sieben Strophen über das Weihnachtsfest. Das Hymnenrepertoire für die Stundenliturgie gehört zu den schönsten Texten und scheint die Choralkomponisten zur Schaffung wunderbar durchdachter und befriedigender Melodien angeregt zu haben. Die hier herangezogene Fauxbourdon-Vertonung liefert einen interessanten Kontrast und wurde von Matthew Martin, dem stellvertretenden Master of Music [Kantor] der Kathedrale von Westminster, komponiert.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2006
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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