Giacomo Cataldo - Tre motetti sacri

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Cataldo skillfully balances the traditions in which he works with the innovations that he seeks to introduce.

Thirty second clips of each of the three pieces along the full text in both the original latin as well as english translation are available below. This collection includes settings of the texts "Ardens est cor meum", "Regina Caeli" and "Vox dilecti mei".

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Ardens est cor meum;
desidero videre Dominum.
Quaero et non invenio ubi posuerunt eum.
Si tu sustulisti eum, dicito mihi,
et ego eum tollam, alleluia.
My heart is burning;
I long to see the Lord.
I seek and cannot find where they have lain him.
If thou hast lifted him, tell me,
and I shall lift him. Alleluia.

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Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
Surrexit Dominus, alleluia.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom you deserved to bear in your womb, alleluia.
Has risen, as He promised, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
The Lord has risen, alleluia.

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Vox dilecti mei: ecce iste venit saliens
in montibus, transiliens colles.
Similis est dilectus meus capreae,
hinuloque cervorum.
En ipse stat post parietem nostrum respiciens
per fenestras, prospiciens per cancellos.
En dilectus meus loquitur mihi.
The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping
upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at
the windows, looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks to me.


All three of the texts that have been set in these works have a long musical history. Apart from numerous polyphonic settings, the first musical use of all three texts was as Gregorian or plainsong chant. The text of Ardens est cor meum is associated with Easter Saturday, as would only be natural considering its meaning. The text Regina caeli also appears to date from the middle ages and is one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons. The text Vox dilecti mei is taken from the Canticum canticorum (Song of Songs, or Songs of Solomon).

Giacomo Cataldo is therefore to be commended for his bravery in writing new music for choir without making any apparent compromises to his Modernist harmonic language.

These are the world premiere recordings of these three new a cappella choral works by composer Giacomo Cataldo. The pieces are performed by the CMP Chamber Choir conducted by Jan Ocetek.

1   Giacomo Cataldo (1977* )         Ardens est cor meum 3:05   
2 Regina caeli 3:46   
3 Vox dilecti mei                                                                   3:04   

CMP Chamber Choir | Jan Ocetek, conductor

  • AT-MP3-10002





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