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Christe Jesu, pastor bone

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Taverner and Sheppard represent the final, glorious flowering of English pre-Reformation church music. Significant phases of both their careers were spent in Oxford, Sheppard at Magdalen College, Taverner as choirmaster for the magnificent new Cardinal College (now Christ Church) set up by Henry VIII’s chief minister Cardinal Wolsey. Taverner’s choir was large for the time, numbering up to forty voices, and his compositions reflect the splendour of this establishment (which was, however, short-lived: opened in 1526, funds were withdrawn on Wolsey’s fall from office in 1529 and the choir declined thereafter). The statutes specified the daily singing of certain votive antiphons after Compline (the final service of the day), and Christe Jesu, pastor bone is one of these; its text survives only in the Elizabethan adaptation given here, but it is known to have been originally in honour of St William of York.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1997

Recordings

Hail, gladdening Light
COLCD113Download only

Details

Track 7 on COLCD113 [3'30] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD113 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AKR-91-11307
Duration
3'30
Recording date
Recording venue
Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
James Hamilton & Simon Weir
Hyperion usage
  1. Hail, gladdening Light (COLCD113)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: October 1991
    Download only
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