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Exultate Deo

Motettorum quinque vocibus liber quintus, 1584
author of text
Psalm 80 (81): 1-3

Among Palestrina’s 375 or so motets, Exsultate Deo has always been a favourite. With its joyous tunefulness and vivid word-painting depicting musical instruments, it refutes the inaccurate myth of Palestrina as a cold, bloodless master of abstract polyphony, a myth due in part to the reverence surrounding him even in his lifetime and to the use of his music ever since as a model in the teaching of counterpoint, an unfortunate fate indeed for a composer whose music, at its best, leaps off the page and demands the excitement of performance.

from notes by Collegium Records � 2009


Exultate Deo
The Sacred Flame
COLCD134Download only


Track 1 on CDA66850 [2'30]
Track 6 on COLCD134 [2'09] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66850 track 1

Recording date
13 June 1995
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Exultate Deo (CDA66850)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 1996
1.Audio tour The Life of Christ: National Gallery, London, 2007
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