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Et vidi angelum

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Revelation 30: 1-3

The hurling of Satan into the abyss and his chaining there for a thousand years are the subject of Marco Galvani’s Et vidi angelum, of which the composer writes: ‘I have tried to depict the particular descriptions of angels within this part of the Bible. Rather than glittering seraphs, the angels of Revelation come down to earth with almighty devastation, and the physical portrayals take the form of powerful enforcers of God’s will. In this piece I have incorporated a number of different pitch sources, including harmonic inflections from early Byzantine and Russian Orthodox chant.’ The robust forcefulness of the piece’s opening invokes the overwhelming and awe-inspiring power about which Galvani writes, while in the second part Satan’s capture and chaining is depicted through an accelerating canonic ‘pursuit’ between the voices, climaxing in a triumphant return of the opening music.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2016


A New Heaven
Studio Master: SIGCD475Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 9 on SIGCD475 [4'47] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD475 track 9

Recording date
6 January 2016
Recording venue
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. A New Heaven (SIGCD475)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: March 2017
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