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Magnificat - The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Music

 
Magnificat - The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Music-Cathedral Choir-Sacred Music
ID: GMCD7158 (EAN: 795754715828)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 1997
LABEL:
Guild GmbH
Collection:
Sacred Music
Subcollection:
Cathedral Choir
Composers:
BRITTEN, Benjamin | BRUCKNER, Anton | BYRD, William | DUPRÉ, Marcel | ECCARD, Johannes | HOWELLS, Herbert Norman | JOUBERT, John | PÄRT, Arvo | PALESTRINA, Giovanni Perluigi Da | PARSONS, Robert | RACHMANINOV, Sergey Vasil'yevich | SANGER, David | SCHUBERT, Franz (Peter) | SORIANO, Francesco | TAVENER, John | WIDOR, Charles Marie
Interprets:
NICHOLAS, Benjamin (organ)
Ensembles:
Choir of Lincoln College, Oxford
Conductors:
TERRY, David
Other info:

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all danger, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.’ The earliest known text of this prayer Sub tuum Praesidium confirms that devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and reliance on the efficacy of her prayers were already known before the end of the 3rd century. In A.D. 431 the Council of Ephesus concluded a century of doubt with the declaration that Mary was to be confessed without qualification as Mother of God. Alongside devotion flourished the stories of her life. Their narrow stream within the New Testament itself grew within two hundred years to become a broad and powerful river in the Church’s landscape. A belief in the Virgin’s own Immaculate Conception is already suggested and the story of Christ’s birth in a cave recorded in the Protevangelium of James, c. A.D. 160. Days were designated for the Virgin’s honour and music composed for their celebration. Its repertory extends back to the earliest layers of Western notated music, of the 9th century. Such plainsong melodies, the oldest form of setting, are still heard in some of the pieces recorded here, from Palestrina’s of the 16th century to Dupré’s of our own. From the first period represented in the present programme come the works of Palestrina, Soriano, Eccard, Parsons and Byrd. The first two spent most of their professional lives in Rome, Eccard was a Lutheran German, Parsons and Byrd were Catholic Englishmen. Palestrina’s Alma Redemptoris Mater, setting a sophisticated 11th century poem, illustrates one use of plainsong in the Renaissance: the opening of the chant is heard by itself, its remainder is used in a simplified form as the basis of the soprano part. Robert Parsons wrote music for both Catholic and Reformed rites, but the exact context for his Ave Maria is not known. It is not a liturgical form of the text: it stops short of the intercessory prayer ‘Sancta Maria Mater Dei.’ This piece is not based on plainsong, although the long notes in the top part, just after the opening, might suggest otherwise. This phrase is repeated twice, at successively higher pitches, leading to a rhetorical climax at ‘Dominus tecum.’ William Byrd’s Benedicta et venerabilis, on the other hand, is certainly liturgical in intent, being from the first cycle of Mass Propers, the Gradualia, that he published in 1605 for the Catholic rite. It is a short, beautifully crafted piece of work, perfectly fitted for a function that it can only rarely and clandestinely have fulfilled in his day, when Catholics lived under persecution. (In November 1605 a Jesuit was arrested for possessing certain ‘papistical books’ by Byrd; their dedication, which the charge records, shows them to have been the part-books of these Gradualia.) The second group of composers, from Schubert to Rachmaninov, spans the Romantic era. Schubert set the first two stanzas of the Stabat Mater for voices and orchestra at the age of eighteen. In an original and effective device he sets the words twice, starting off his second section as he had the first, but then varying and developing the material. Bruckner, whose Ave Maria opens the programme, stands virtually at the end of the Viennese tradition to which Schubert belonged, although by writing for unaccompanied voices he allies himself also with the Romantic recovery of Renaissance ideals. It is instructive to compare his short, intense setting with Parsons’: Bruckner’s is harmonically far more complex and is predominantly homophonic whereas the earlier work is contrapuntal. In Bruckner’s we hear the Holy Name (omitted by Parsons) three times in block chords, each louder than the last. Rachmaninov creates a different effect again, with more melodic continuity than Bruckner and great harmonic simplicity: there are no accidentals in the piece from beginning to end. Each of these three settings achieves its devotional effect through highly sensitive though very different uses of vocal texture. Both Widor and his pupil Dupré are represented here by plainchant settings. Widor’s Salve Regina is a product of his later years, when he had become interested in such possibilities, and replaced the original fourth movement of his second Organ Symphony. The Dupré piece is based on a plainsong Office hymn, ‘Hail, Star of the Sea.’ In a recollection of medieval practice Dupré alternates the setting of stanzas between organ and choir. He composes movements for the hymn’s second, fourth and sixth stanzas and for the Amen. Before and between them we hear the plainsong chant of the other four stanzas. The Romantic element was also strong in English music of the first half of the 20th century. Ist most striking exponent was Howells, brought up in the Brahmsian tradition as a pupil of Stanford. But his most noteworthy contribution to the choral tradition, a series of canticle and other settings dedicated to the choirs of various collegiate and cathedral churches, began only in the 1940s with the present Magnificat and its associated Nunc Dimittis for King’s College, Cambridge. Its warm lyricism has precedents in Stanford and Wood (another of his teachers), but the particular blend of modality and chromaticism is very much Howells’ own. The three short Christmas pieces by Joubert, Tavener and Britten have in common an extreme simplicity. Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin was published in 1935, and has never left the repertory since. Joubert came to England from South Africa in 1946, when he was 19 years old; his most effective contribution to the Anglican choral repertory has been in such straightforward hymns as the carol There is no Rose heard here. Tavener has made simplicity of structure a feature of even his largest compositions; it is not surprising to find it in his smallest. The Hymn to the Mother of God is a chordal canon for two choirs; the Hymn for the Dormition draws its idiom from the melismatic chanting, both melodic and chordal, of the Byzantine and Russian traditions. David Sanger’s Salve Regina is distinctive in style and technique; there is a hint of Messiaen, perhaps, in the combination of extreme chromaticism and a diatonic conclusion, and in the irregular metre of the first section. Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki represent the pragmatic element in modern Eastern European music; both have written scores of some complexity but, like our own Peter Maxwell Davies, are able to refine their idiom to a point at which it can embrace a pure diatonicism. Pärt’s Bogoróditse Dyévo, a setting of the Old Church Slavonic ‘Ave Maria’, was composed once more for King’s College, Cambridge. Górecki’s Totus tuus was written for John Paul II’s visit to Warsaw in 1987. Its text alludes to the Pope’s own episcopal coat of arms: a cross beside whose base stands an initial M, with the motto ‘Totus tuus.’ The long drawn out intensity of Górecki’s piece is a very modern expression of that deep personal devotion felt by many saints of every age to the Virgin Mother of God.
Tracklist
 
BRUCKNER, Anton (1824-1896) 
BRUCKNER, Anton (1824-1896) 
1. Ave Maria2:46
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2. Ave Maria2:46
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PALESTRINA, Giovanni Perluigi Da 1525/6-1594 
PALESTRINA, Giovanni Perluigi Da 1525/6-1594 
3. Alma Redemptoris Mater2:30
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4. Alma Redemptoris Mater2:30
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BYRD, William (1543-1623) 
BYRD, William (1543-1623) 
5. Benedicta et venerabilis es3:56
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6. Benedicta et venerabilis es3:56
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PARSONS, Robert (1535-1572) 
PARSONS, Robert (1535-1572) 
7. Ave Maria5:23
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8. Ave Maria5:23
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HOWELLS, Herbert Norman (1892-1983) 
HOWELLS, Herbert Norman (1892-1983) 
9. Magnificat: Collegium Regale8:09
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10. Magnificat: Collegium Regale8:09
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DUPRÉ, Marcel (1886-1971) 
DUPRÉ, Marcel (1886-1971) 
11. Ave Maris Stella10:05
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12. Ave Maris Stella10:05
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JOUBERT, John b. 1927 
JOUBERT, John b. 1927 
13. There is no Rose2:28
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14. There is no Rose2:28
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TAVENER, John 1944- 
TAVENER, John 1944- 
15. Hymn to the Mother of God2:13
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16. Hymn to the Mother of God2:13
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BRITTEN, Benjamin (1913-1976) 
BRITTEN, Benjamin (1913-1976) 
17. Hymn to the Virgin3:04
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18. Hymn to the Virgin3:04
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PÄRT, Arvo b.1935 
PÄRT, Arvo b.1935 
19. Bogoróditse Dyévo1:07 
20. Bogoróditse Dyévo1:07 
ECCARD, Johannes 1553 - 1611 
ECCARD, Johannes 1553 - 1611 
21. When to the Temple3:22 
22. When to the Temple3:22 
GÓRECKI, Henryk Mikolaj b. 1933 
GÓRECKI, Henryk Mikolaj b. 1933 
23. Totus tuus sum Maria8:49 
24. Totus tuus sum Maria8:49 
SCHUBERT, Franz (Peter) (1797-1828) 
SCHUBERT, Franz (Peter) (1797-1828) 
25. Stabat Mater5:15 
26. Stabat Mater5:15 
SORIANO, Francesco 1549 - 1621 
SORIANO, Francesco 1549 - 1621 
27. Regina Coeli1:22 
28. Regina Coeli1:22 
SANGER, David b. 1947 
SANGER, David b. 1947 
29. Salve Regina4:26 
30. Salve Regina4:26 
WIDOR, Charles Marie (1844-1937) 
WIDOR, Charles Marie (1844-1937) 
31. Salve Regina5:05 
32. Salve Regina5:05 
TAVENER, John 1944- 
TAVENER, John 1944- 
33. Hymn for the Dormintion3:26 
34. Hymn for the Dormintion3:26 
RACHMANINOV, Sergey Vasil'yevich (1873-1943) 
RACHMANINOV, Sergey Vasil'yevich (1873-1943) 
35. Ave Maria2:36 
36. Ave Maria2:36 

 

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