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O nata lux de lumine

Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur (1575)
author of text
Hymn at Lauds on the Feast of the Transfiguration

Tallis published this miniature masterpiece in a collection meant to show off English music to foreigners. Its rich sonority, metrical ambiguity and odd shifts of harmony are indeed all quintessentially English. The words are drawn from Roman Catholic service-books as used in Italy and France, and celebrate Christ the Redeemer.

from notes by John Milsom © 2013

La brève hymne O nata lux est d’une trompeuse simplicité, façonnée par les années d’expérience de Tallis avec le style non ornementé de la Réforme. L’élégante mélodie sur mètre ternaire s’évanouit à la toute fin sur une mordante dissonance.

extrait des notes rédigées par Kerry McCarthy © 2014
Français: Michel Roubinet

Die kurze Hymne O nata lux ist von trügerischer Einfachheit, veredelt durch Tallis’ Jahre der Erfahrung mit dem klaren Stil der Reformation. Die elegante Melodie im Dreiertakt löst sich ganz am Schluss in eine scharfe Dissonanz auf.

aus dem Begleittext von Kerry McCarthy © 2014
Deutsch: Gudrun Meier


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Track-specific metadata for CDGIM025 track 10

Recording date
Recording venue
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
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  1. Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah (CDGIM025)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: March 1992
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