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Ave verum corpus

author of text
Hymn to the Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi

Lassus’s treatment of this familiar Eucharistic text is serene and elegiac, with imaginative use of the six-voiced texture to create expressive interplay between high and low voices, and restrained word-painting at the words ‘unda fluxit sanguine’. The motet—which would assuredly enjoy wider renown were it not for Byrd’s and Mozart’s settings of the same text—was first published in a 1582 collection issued in Munich, and reprinted in the posthumous collection of 1604.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2009


The Sacred Flame
COLCD134Download only


Track 10 on COLCD134 [4'09] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD134 track 10

Recording date
1 January 2009
Recording venue
Great Hall, University College School, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Eadon
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon & Hugh Walker
Hyperion usage
  1. The Sacred Flame (COLCD134)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: March 2009
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