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Verbum caro factum est

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Ninth Respond at Matins and Processional Respond at Mass on Christmas Day

 
Sheppard’s Verbum caro is an exultant setting of the famous account of the Incarnation from the beginning of St John’s Gospel, and would have been sung at Matins on Christmas Day. Counteracting the duple metre maintained by the chant, Sheppard sets up triple rhythms in the free voices to achieve ‘natural’ declamation of such phrases as ‘cuius gloriam’, ‘quasi unigeniti’, and ‘plenum gratiae’. Sheppard was a colleague of Tallis’s in Queen Mary’s Chapel Royal, and had previously served as Informator choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2016

Recordings

Sheppard: Church Music, Vol. 1
CDA66259Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Sheppard: Media vita
CDGIM016
The Sixteen & The Golden Age of English Polyphony
CDS44401/1010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The Tallis Scholars sing Tudor Church Music, Vol. 2
CDGIM2102CDs for the price of 1
Virgin and Child
Studio Master: SIGCD474Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 8 on CDGIM016 [6'55]
Track 8 on CDGIM210 CD1 [6'55] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 1 on CDA66259 [6'45] Archive Service; also available on CDS44401/10
Track 6 on CDS44401/10 CD7 [6'45] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 8 on SIGCD474 [7'24] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD474 track 8

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ISRC
GB-LLH-17-47408
Duration
7'24
Recording date
21 April 2016
Recording venue
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Virgin and Child (SIGCD474)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: February 2017
    Download only
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