Mater, Ora Filium


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La belle dame sans merci & other partsongs

Choral music by Bax and Villette

Artist: The Rodolfus Choir
Conductor: Ralph Allwood
Organ: Christopher Huges
Label: Herald (Released: December 1993)

1. Epithalaium – Arnold Bax
2. Lord, thou hast told us – Arnold Bax
3. I sing of a maiden – Arnold Bax
4. Salve, Regina – Pierre Villette
5. Magnificat – Arnold Bax
6. O magnum mysterium – Pierre Villette
7. Mater, Ora Filium – Arnold Bax
8. Attende, Dominum – Pierre Villette
9. This worldës joie – Arnold Bax
10. O sacrum convivium – Pierre Villette
11. Hymne à la Vierge – Pierre Villette

The young Rodolfus Choir, splendidly recorded in the wholly sympathetic acoustic of Eton College Chapel, realises all the complex yet translucent contrapuntal and chromatic parts of Bax’s inspired and sublime masterpiece, Mater, ora filium, the highlight of this marvellous collection. The Villette items deserve wider recognition. His Salve, regina’s solo soprano soaring over hummed chords is particularly moving. Top marks.
Ian Lace, BBC Music Magazine

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