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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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Like Philips, Dering was an English Catholic exile who worked and published his music on the continent, becoming organist to the convent of English nuns in Brussels around 1617. Ave verum Corpus comes from his first published volume of music, the Cantiones Sacrae of 1617. It is a tribute to Dering’s compositional gifts that his setting of this familiar text can withstand comparison with Byrd’s. As with Byrd’s setting, the music breathes an air of mystery and devotion, tinged with the pain of the Crucifixion.
Here is music for a cappella choir, grouped loosely according to the themes of its texts, drawing together composers as far apart in time and space as eleventh-century France and twentieth-century Russia and America.» More
Ave verum corpus, natum de Maria Virgine: Vere passum, immolatum in cruce pro homine: Cuius latus perforatum unda fluxit sanguine: Esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine. O dulcis, O pie, O Jesu Fili Mariae, Miserere mei.
All hail, O true Body, of the blessed Virgin born, Which in anguish to redeem us did’st suffer upon the cross; From whose side, when pierced by spear, there came forth both water and blood: Be to us at our last hour the source of consolation. O loving, O holy, O Jesu, thou Son of Mary, O have mercy on me.