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Christe, qui lux es et dies

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Gregorian chant runs like a golden thread through the sacred music of most Renaissance composers. In Palestrina’s case it is most clearly to be discerned in his only collection of polyphonic hymn settings, published in 1589, where the outlines of the chant melodies are recognizable in most of the voice parts, notably the soprano, rather than the tenor which had been favoured by earlier composers. Christe, qui lux es et dies comes from the 1589 publication; its version of the chant differs slightly from that used by White. Palestrina achieves an impressively cumulative effect by reserving the use of all five voices until the final stanza.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1999


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Track 13 on COLCD125 [5'03] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD125 track 13

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Recording venue
Ely Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John Rutter
Recording engineer
David Jacob
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  1. Illumina (COLCD125)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: November 1999
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