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Deliver me from mine enemies

author of text
Psalm 59: 1-2; 60: 11

Robert Parsons’s dazzling technical skill as a contrapuntalist is demonstrated in his six-part anthem Deliver me from mine enemies. The two soprano parts are in strict canon throughout and below these Parsons weaves a magnificent web of imitative counterpoint closely related to the canonic themes. The version in the Chirk manuscripts used by The Brabant Ensemble omits several repetitions of material present in other sources; they have been reinstated in order to bring an enhanced symmetry to Parsons’s brilliant writing.

from notes by David Evans © 2009

L’éblouissante technique contrapuntique de Robert Parsons transparaît dans l’anthem à six parties Deliver me from mine enemies. Les deux parties de soprano sont constamment en canon strict avec, par-dessous, un magnifique réseau de contrepoint imitatif étroitement lié aux thèmes canoniques. La version des manuscrits de Chirk omet plusieurs reprises de matériel présentes dans d’autres sources; nous les avons réintroduites pour assurer une meilleure symétrie à la brillante écriture de Parsons.

extrait des notes rédigées par David Evans © 2009
Français: Hypérion

In Robert Parsons sechsstimmiges Anthem Deliver me from mine enemies, wo er eine schillernde kontrapunktische Technik an den Tag legt, die beiden Sopranstimmen werden durchweg im strengen Kanon geführt und darunter legt Parsons eine großartige Struktur imitativer Kontrapunktik, die mit den Kanonthemen eng verwandt ist. In der Version, die in den Chirk-Manuskripten notiert ist, werden mehrere Wiederholungen ausgelassen, die in anderen Quellen jedoch angegeben sind. Hier erklingt das Anthem mit den Wiederholungen, um die Symmetrie dieses großartigen Stücks wiederherzustellen.

aus dem Begleittext von David Evans © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Yn hollol wahanol i hynny, daw medr technegol disglair Robert Parsons fel gwrthbwyntiwr i’r amlwg yn ei anthem chwe-rhan, sef Deliver me from mine enemies. Mae’r ddwy ran soprano mewn canon caeth trwy gydol y darn ac, yn is na’r rhain, mae Parsons yn nyddu gwe ysblennydd o wrthbwynt dynwaredol sy’n perthyn yn agos iawn i’r themâu canonig. Mae’r fersiwn yn llawysgrifau’r Waun yn hepgor sawl ailadroddiad o ddeunydd a geir mewn ffynonellau eraill; maent wedi’u hadfer yma er mwyn dod â gwell cymesuredd i waith gwych Parsons.

David Evans © 2009
Cymraeg: Helen Smith


Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books
Parsons: Sacred Music
Studio Master: CDA67874Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on CDA67695 [2'49]
Track 4 on CDA67874 [2'39]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67695 track 4

Recording date
7 July 2008
Recording venue
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
David Trendell
Recording engineer
Justin Lowe
Hyperion usage
  1. Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books (CDA67695)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: April 2009
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