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Ave Maria a 8

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Antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary

The eight-voice setting of Ave Maria is extended and sumptuous, for two equal SATB choirs, opening with the words of the Ave Maria chant taken from chapter 1 of St Luke’s Gospel. This setting is written in a most effective antiphonal style which alternates passages of homophonic writing, some of them in triple time, with more polyphonically conceived exchanges of great spaciousness and fullness.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2004

L’arrangement de l’Ave Maria à huit voix est un somptueux développement du motet pour deux chœurs identiques (SATB). Il s’ouvre sur les mots de l’Ave Maria du chapitre 1 de l’Évangile de Saint Luc. Cet arrangement est écrit dans un style antiphonaire d’un grand effet. Il fait alterner les passages d’écriture homophonique, certains à trois temps, avec les échanges conçus directement en polyphonie, ce qui confère à l’ensemble une impression d’espace et d’ampleur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jon Dixon © 2004
Français: Marie Luccheta

Die achtstimmige Ave Maria ist eine ausgedehnte und prächtige Fassung für zwei Chöre (SATB) von wiederum gleicher Stärke. Die Motette beginnt mit den Worten des aus dem ersten Kapitel des Lukasevangeliums entnommenen Chorals Ave Maria. Diese Vertonung wurde in einem äußerst effektiven Stil komponiert, wo sich Passagen aus homophoner Faktur (einige davon im Dreiermetrum) mit eher polyphon empfundenen Dialogen von großer Weite und Fülle einander abwechseln.

aus dem Begleittext von Jon Dixon © 2004
Deutsch: Elke Hockings


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Track 11 on CDGIM010 [4'43]
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Track-specific metadata for SIGCD257 track 16

Recording date
4 September 2010
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. A choral Christmas (SIGCD257)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: September 2012
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