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O magnum mysterium

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Responsory at Matins on Christmas Day

The eight-part O magnum mysterium was commissioned by Dr James Jordan for the Williamson Voices at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Mäntyjärvi points out a direct antecedent for the motet’s opening: Izhe kheruvimy (‘Hymn of the Cherubim’) by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020), which begins with a similar melodic line for altos alone. Consciously or not, however, Mäntyjärvi’s piece generally embraces a more Gallic idiom, suggesting a nod at the motet O sacrum convivium by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992).

from notes by Francis Pott © 2020


Mäntyjärvi: Choral Music
Studio Master: CDA68266Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 17 on CDA68266 [4'50]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68266 track 17

Recording date
14 January 2018
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Mäntyjärvi: Choral Music (CDA68266)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: October 2020
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