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Absterge Domine

Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur (1575)
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Absterge Domine was one of Tallis’s most popular settings appearing in four contrafacta sources as well as the 1575 Cantiones Sacrae. Deeply penitential in character, it falls into a number of short sections some of which are repeated for dramatic effect. Tallis’s sure hand for drama is obvious throughout, allowing the motet to rise and fall, using minor and major modes to heighten and release the dramatic flow.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2005

Absterge Domine, l’une des œuvres les plus populaires de Tallis, apparaît dans quatre sources de contrafacta et dans les Cantiones Sacrae de 1575. Profondément pénitentielle, elle se découpe en plusieurs courtes sections, dont certaines sont répétées pour plus d’effet dramatique. L’assurance de Tallis dans ce domaine ne se dément jamais, qui permet au motet de monter et de descendre, l’usage des modes mineurs et majeurs venant rehausser et libérer le flux dramatique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Carwood © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Absterge Domine war eine der beliebtesten Vertonungen von Tallis und erscheint sowohl in vier Kontrafakturquellen als auch in den Cantiones Sacrae von 1575. Es hat einen sehr reuevollen Charakter und fällt in mehrere kurze Abschnitte, von denen einige wiederholt werden, um den dramatischen Effet zu verstärken. Tallis’ sicherer Sinn für Drama ist durchweg erkennbar; die Motette steigt an und fällt und Moll- und Durtonarten setzen den dramatischen Fluss frei.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Carwood © 2005
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


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SIGCD029Download only
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CDGIM2032CDs for the price of 1


Track 3 on CDGIM025 [6'11]
Track 3 on CDGIM203 CD2 [6'11] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 7 on CDA67548 [5'49]
Track 5 on SIGCD029 [5'31] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDGIM203 disc 2 track 3

Recording date
Recording venue
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
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  1. Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah (CDGIM025)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: March 1992
  2. Tallis: The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis (CDGIM203)
    Disc 2 Track 3
    Release date: September 2004
    2CDs for the price of 1
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