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O magnum mysterium

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Responsory at Matins on Christmas Day

Perhaps the earliest musical setting of this brief Latin text was heard as the Gregorian chant that forms the fourth responsory in the Office preceding the Mass for Christmas Day. It focuses on the awesome mystery of the birth of the Saviour to the Virgin Mary in a stable surrounded by animals. The Slovenian composer Andrej Makor set this text in 2014 for mixed choir. The music wonderfully sustains the sense of awe and mystery throughout, culminating in a series of Alleluias before subsiding into a final recall of the 'magnum mysterium' with which it began.

from notes by Máire Egan-Buffet © 2020


Be all merry
Studio Master: SIGCD643Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on SIGCD643 [4'33] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD643 track 8

Recording date
1 March 2020
Recording venue
Blackrock College, County Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Be all merry (SIGCD643)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: October 2020
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