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Regina caeli

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Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Paschal Time

That Rogier was attracted by the new musical ideas emanating from Italy is demonstrated by his setting of the Eastertide Marian antiphon Regina caeli. This motet for double choir perfectly sums up Rogier’s synthesis of the estilo antiguo—the ‘old’ imitative style of the Renaissance—and the nuevo estile—the emerging Baroque ideas of contrasting groups, shorter phrases, more rhythmical writing, and a more vertical, harmonically conceived style. The work opens with a single voice from Choir I intoning what first sounds like a plainsong incipit, but which becomes part of a polyphonic, freely imitative section (‘Regina caeli laetare, alleluia’). The second choir begins the next phrase (‘Quia quem meruisti’) until its alleluia, where Rogier alternates then expands the setting, culminating with all eight voices singing together. This leads to an exuberant treatment of ‘Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia’ where Rogier chooses rhythmical, fanfare-like figures, alternating rapidly between the two choirs. ‘Ora pro nobis’ follows in a more reflective style, before triple-metre alleluias lead the music to a sonorous close.

from notes by Philip Cave © 2010


Rogier: Missa Domine Dominus noster & Missa Domine in virtute tua
Studio Master: CKD348Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on CKD348 [3'12] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CKD348 track 7

Recording date
15 June 2009
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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  1. Rogier: Missa Domine Dominus noster & Missa Domine in virtute tua (CKD348)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: February 2011
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