In Honour of Our Lady | Herald HAVP389

In Honour of Our Lady

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Label: Herald

Cat No: HAVP389

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 20th January 2014

Contents

Artists

Iestyn Evans (organ)
Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

Conductor

Scott Price

Artists

Iestyn Evans (organ)
Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

Conductor

Scott Price

About

The tradition of venerating the Mother of God through music is as old as the Church itself and something of the rich variety of expression it has taken across the centuries is reflected in the music on this recording.

That variety stems in part from the fact that Mary has an honoured place in both the Church’s liturgy and also in her devotional life where there is greater freedom for poetic and imaginative interpretation. These two sources are often combined. There is perhaps no better example of this than the best-known Marian prayer, the Ave Maria, or Hail Mary. Its key position in Catholic devotion is reflected in the number of composers who have set this text to music.

The plainchant Ave Maria that opens this recording dates from the ninth century. The remaining texts recorded here are varied in character. Some, like Guerrero’s Ave Virgo sanctissima were written for Marian Masses, others like Bruckner’s Tota pulchra es Maria and the settings of Ave maris stella, derive from texts included in the Divine Office for Marian feasts, whilst others still, like Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin, or Tavener’s Hymn to the Mother of God, are expressions of a more personal devotion.

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