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O salutaris hostia

2009; SS soli + SATB divisi; originally composed for upper voices
author of text
Antiphon for the Feast of Corpus Christi

O salutaris hostia has quickly become one of Ešenvalds’ most popular pieces. Originally written for female voices, this version for full choir was first heard in 2009. It is a gentle meditation, completely diatonic, its dynamic level only once rising to mezzo forte. Over a hushed chorale for full choir, rich in added notes, curlicues of melody from two solo sopranos drift across the soundscape, alternately echoing and imitating each other or carolling together in thirds. The effect is quietly ecstatic, a brief moment of adoration and wonderment.

from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2015


Ešenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68083Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on CDA68083 [3'30]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68083 track 1

Recording date
11 January 2014
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Ešenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works (CDA68083)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 2015
  2. Hyperion sampler - February 2015 (HYP201502)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: February 2015
    Download-only sampler
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