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Dimitte me ergo

6vv AATTBarB (or SSAATB)
author of text
part of the Ninth Lesson of Matins for the Dead; Job 10: 20-21

Bernardino de Ribera’s first major position was as maestro at Ávila Cathedral. Among his charges in the choir there were the young Tomás Luis de Victoria and Sebastián de Vivanco. Ribera went on to become maestro at Toledo Cathedral and then at Murcia Cathedral, where he had sung as a boy when his own father had been maestro. The six-part Dimitte me ergo seems on the surface to belie its desolate text, the music being written in a major mode. However, there is a tender sensitivity in the sparingly crafted lines, and at ‘ad terram tenebrosam’ the voices descend into the silent void.

from notes by Charles Cole © 2020


Sacred treasures of Spain
Studio Master: CDA68359Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Ribera: Magnificats & motets
Studio Master: CDA68141Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on CDA68141 [4'02]
Part 1: Dimitte me ergo
Track 5 on CDA68359 [3'23]
Part 2: Et opertam mortis caligine
Track 6 on CDA68359 [0'58]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68359 track 5

Dimitte me ergo
Recording date
20 November 2017
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Sacred treasures of Spain (CDA68359)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: November 2020
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