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O sacrum convivium

1570; 6vv SAATBB
author of text
Antiphon at Second Vespers on the Feast of Corpus Christi; 1 Corinthians 11: 26, Romans 8: 18

O sacrum convivium, a striking six-part setting of a Corpus Christi text, is perhaps one of the best examples of Guerrero’s consummate ability to draw out prolonged lines of extraordinary beauty. A sense of serene joy pervades the slow-moving harmonic landscape, with the internal parts moving in gentle submission. The final ‘Alleluia’ section features a distinctive melodic figure that uses three successive rising or descending thirds spanning the interval of a seventh, symbolizing the Trinity as divine perfection.

from notes by Charles Cole © 2020


Sacred treasures of Spain
Studio Master: CDA68359Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Treasures of the Spanish Renaissance


Track 4 on CDA68359 [5'10]
Track 4 on CDH55430 [5'09]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68359 track 4

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 4
    Release date: November 2020
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