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Ave regina caelorum

author of text
Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the Feast of the Purification until the Wednesday in Holy Week

Peter Philips stands apart from the illustrious group of English composers active at the end of the sixteenth and start of the seventeenth centuries, by reason of exile. After childhood and youth in London as a choirboy at St Paul’s Cathedral, he fled to the continent to escape persecution as a Catholic, settling first in Antwerp and later in Brussels where he was chapel organist to the Archduke Albert. Ave regina caelorum comes from his Cantiones Sacrae octonis vocis, published in Antwerp in 1613. Liturgically it is proper to the end of the evening service of Compline, its serene radiance bringing the cycle of daily worship to an appropriate and restful close.

from notes by John Rutter © 1994


A banquet of voices
CSCD525Download only


Track 6 on CSCD525 [3'58] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD525 track 6

Recording date
0 February 1993
Recording venue
University College School, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
Campbell Hughes & Simon Weir
Hyperion usage
  1. A banquet of voices (CSCD525)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: September 2020
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