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O magnum mysterium

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Responsories at Matins on Christmas Day

The motet O magnum mysterium (published in 1572) has been a favourite of choirs ever since the revival of Victoria’s music eighty years ago. Although the original publication entitles it In Circuncisione Domini, its text is taken from a responsory of Christmas Matins and its use has always been as a Christmas motet. One of Victoria’s most endearing creations, it unfolds serenely, richly warm when it expresses the wonder that even the animals behold the Infant in the manger. Then a wonderful hush as Victoria musically caresses ‘O beata Virgo’. The final ‘Alleluia’ dances in triple time and then, with a welter of running notes, comes grandly to a close. The work is set for four-part choir (SATB).

from notes by Bruno Turner © 1985


A choral tapestry
Studio Master: SIGCD283Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
O sacrum convivium
SIGCD127Download only
The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album
CSCD512Download only
Victoria: O magnum mysterium & Ascendens Christus in altum


Track 1 on CDA66190 [4'48]
Track 14 on CSCD512 [4'00] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD127 [3'34] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD283 [4'09] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66190 track 1

Recording date
25 January 1985
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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