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Sitivit anima mea

composer
6vv; Missae quaternis, quinis, et sex vocibus, liber primus, 1625
author of text
Psalm 41: 2; 54: 6

 
The six-voice motet Sitivit anima mea is one of Cardoso’s best-known and most widely performed works. Alongside the dedication to the future king, the text longing for freedom and anticipating the coming of the Saviour invites interpretation as one of many more or less veiled calls for Portuguese independence which permeate the music of the Idade de Ouro.

from notes by Luís Toscano © 2019
English: José Gabriel Flores

Le motet à six voix Sitivit anima mea est l’une des œuvres les plus célèbres et les plus souvent exécutées de Cardoso. À côté de la dédicace au futur roi, le texte rêvant de liberté et anticipant la venue du Sauveur peut être interprété comme l’un des nombreux appels plus ou moins voilés à l’indépendance portugaise qui imprègnent la musique de l’Idade de Ouro.

extrait des notes rédigées par Luís Toscano © 2019
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Die sechsstimmige Motette Sitivit anima mea ist eines der bekanntesten und meistaufgeführten Werke Cardosos. Das im Text ausgedrückte Verlangen nach Freiheit und die Vorfreude auf die Wiederkehr des Heilands, zusammen mit der Widmung an den künftigen König, lassen das Werk als einen der zahlreichen mehr oder weniger verschlüsselten Rufe nach Unabhängigkeit Portugals erschienen, die das gesamte Idade de Ouro durchziehen.

aus dem Begleittext von Luís Toscano © 2019
Deutsch: Friedrich Sprondel

O segundo volume publicado por Cardoso, Missae quaternis, quinis, et sex vocibus. Liber primus contém ainda Sitivit anima mea a seis vozes, indubitavelmente uma das obras mais conhecidas e interpretadas de Manuel Cardoso. A ânsia pela liberdade e pela vinda do Salvador expressa no texto deste motete, engenhosamente respigado a partir do Livro dos Salmos, a par da dedicação de todo o volume a D. João, que viria a ser coroado Rei de Portugal quinze anos mais tarde e de quem Cardoso era amigo próximo, poderá permitir vincular esta obra à dinâmica de pendor independentista.

Luís Toscano © 2019

Recordings

Cardoso: Requiem
CDGIM021
Cardoso: Requiem, Lamentations, Magnificat & motets
Studio Master: CDA68252Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Libera nos - The Cry of the Oppressed
SIGCD338Download only
Masterpieces of Portuguese Polyphony
CDH55229Last few CD copies remaining
Requiem
CDGIM2052CDs for the price of 1

Details

Track 19 on CDA68252 [3'58]
Track 10 on CDGIM021 [3'46]
Track 10 on CDGIM205 CD2 [3'46] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 2 on CDH55229 [4'13] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 5 on SIGCD338 [4'22] Download only

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