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  • Publicado el: 24/06/2009

Ave Regina caelorum
Plainchant Solemn Tone
Alonso Lobo c. 1555 – 1617
Guillaume Dufay c. 1400 – 1474
Regina caeli
Plainchant Solemn Tone
Robert White c. 1538 – 1574
William Byrd 1543 – 1623
Cristóbal de Morales c. 1500 – 1553

Salve Regina

Plainchant Solemn Tone
William Cornysh 1465 – 1523
Alma Redemptoris
Plainchant Solemn Tone
Aires Fernandez 1550
Johannes Ockeghem c. 1410 – 1497
Tomás Luis de Victoria 1548 – 1611

Pauline Lim & Cory MacLean, soprano
Ruth Berry & Allegra Martin,
Jonathan Wiening & Joel McCoy,
Jonathan Moore & Jacob Cooper,

is a Boston- and Providence-based ensemble of eight singers devoted to performing sacred a capella vocal music of the 14th - 17th  centuries. Founded by six members of the group formerly known as passio, this award-winning ensemble takes inspiration from specialist groups around the world such as the Tallis Scholars, the Sixteen, and the Taverner Consort. Zefiro's credits include winning a project grant from the Somerville Arts Council, chapter of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and National Endowment for the Arts; and an invitation to participate in the Society of Historically Informed Performance (SoHIP) 2009 Summer Concert Series; with upcoming performances in Boston, Weston, Andover, and Nahant. For more information, please visit our website at To book us for an event, please send email to

Program Notes

The Marian antiphons are a group of sacred devotional songs in the Gregorian chant repertoire of the Roman Catholic Church, sung in honor of the Virgin Mary. The original manuscripts date back to the 12th century. There are four chants in current usage, each associated with one of the four seasons of the liturgical year. They are sung at the end of the evening monastic offices of Compline or Vespers. These texts and melodies have been the source of hundreds of brilliant and moving works by various composers down through the centuries, of which we offer a very small selection today.



Ave Regina

Sung from Candlemas to Maundy Thursday


Ave Regina coelorum, ave

Domina angelorum Salve, radix

sancta, ex qua mundo lux est

orta: Gaude gloriosa, super

omnes speciosa: Vale, valde

decora, et pro nobis semper

Christum exora.

Hail, Queen of heaven, hail,

Mistress of the angels, hail, holy root

from which came the light of the

world. Rejoice, glorious one, beautiful

above all others. Hail and farewell

most gracious, Always plead with

Christ for us


In the setting by Dufay, the text is interspersed with pleas from the composer:

Miserere tui labentis Dufay, ne

peccatorum ruat in ignem

fervorum. Miserere genitrix

Domini, Ut pateat orta coeli

debili. Miserere supplicant

Dufay. Sitque in conspectus

tuo mors eius speciosa. In

excelsis ne damnemur,

Miserere nobis. Et iuva ut in

mortis hora nostra.

Mercy on thee for thy missteps,

Dufay, neither let [thy] sins destroy

[thee] with raging fire. Have mercy,

Mother of God, so that an opening

to heaven may be made by [his]

feeble works. Have mercy, Dufay

prays, let his death also be lovely in

thy sight, so that he not be

condemned on high. Have mercy on

us, and assist us even at the hour of

our death.

Translation by Peter T. Gibson


Regina Coeli

Sung during Paschal-tide*


Regina coeli, laetare, alleluia,

quia quem meruisti portare,

alleluia, resurrexit sicut dixit,

alleluia; ora pro nobis Deum,


Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia, for

he whom you were merited to bear,

alleluia, was resurrected as he said,

alleluia; entreat God for us, alleluia.

*We ask divine absolution for the singing of “Alleluia” during Lent.


Salve Regina

Sung from Trinity Sunday to Advent


Salve, Regina, mater

misericordiae; vita dulcedo et

spes nostra, salve, Ad te

clamamus, exsules filii Evae.

Ad te suspiramus, gementes et

flentes in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos

tuos misericordes oculos ad nos

converte. Et Jesu, bendictum

fructum ventris tui, nobis post

hoc exsilium Ostend. O

Clemens: O pia: O dulcis Virgo Maria

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,

our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished

children of Eve; to thee do we send up

our sighs, mourning and weeping in

this vale of tears. Turn then, most

gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy

toward us; and after this our exile,

show unto us the blessed fruit of thy

womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O

sweet Virgin Mary.

Alma Redemptoris

Sung from Advent to Candlemas


Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae

pervia caeli porta manes, et

stella maris succurre cadenti

surgere qui curat, populo: tu

quae genuisti, natura mirante,

tuum sanctum Genitorem,

Virgo prius a posterius

Gabrielis ab ore sumens illud

Ave; peccatorum miserere.

Loving mother of the Redeemer, that

passage to heaven, gate of the

morning, and star of the sea, assist

the fallen people, who strive to rise,

you who bore to the wonderment of

nature, your holy Creator, Virgin

before and after, who received from

Gabriel that joyful greeting. Hail;

have mercy on us sinners.


This album is a recording of a live performance by Zefiro on March 29, 2009. It was produced by Randy Winchester for ARTSomerville. CD quality FLAC files of this recording are available from .

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Gregorian full choir is what I listen to, to calm me. Helps the mind feel boundless and ethereal.


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This is an album of sacred a capella vocal music dating back to the 12th century. This exquisite music lifts the spirit upward toward the heavens and is an opportunity to hear the voices of angels singing in adoration. Thank you for providing the program notes and the texts as well. It makes for a very rich listening experience. Thank you so much Zefiro for these moments of complete beauty and peace.

Everything On This Album Is Breathtaking

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Everything on this album is exceptional, breathtaking,heaven, captivating, angelic,profound, beautiful, to say the least. I was moved to tears..

Very good album

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Simply thank you for well produced and gifted album. It really does soothe the soul. Wishing you the best.


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Es ist immer wieder eine Freude zu hören, wie schön einfach nur Gesang sein kann. Perfekt gemacht, wunderschön! Für Fans dieses Genres einfach nur zu empfehlen. :)


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Canto sacro magistralmente interpretado. Gracias por compartir su trabajo tan inspirado, tan mayor.


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Un àlbum que no pueden perderse, algunos de los màs representativos exponentes de la Polifonìa en cantos marianos... me hizo recordar mis años de estudiante de mùsica sacra. Me parece un excelente trabajo una ejecucuiòn de voces impecable y la selecciònme ha gustado.Ojalà tenga la difusiòn necesaria en este sitio. No apto para oìdos profanos, es decir de ponchis-ponchis. Jorgestrada