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To commemorate the millennial anticipation and anxiety felt the first time around by our medieval forebears, the members of Anonymous 4 bring us another of the shrewdly assembled programs for which they are famous. Returning to chant and early polyphony from the 10th century, set down in Aquitainian manuscripts and the celebrated Winchester Troper from Britain, they have constructed a Mass for Ascension Day, a feast with strong liturgical associations to the apocalypse. This is the earliest music to which Anonymous 4 has lent their distinctively pure, beautifully blended voices. Such purity and repose might at first seem strange when combined with texts describing the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
To commemorate the millennial anticipation and anxiety felt the first time around by our medieval forebears, the members of Anonymous 4 bring us another of the shrewdly assembled programs for which they are famous. Returning to chant and early polyphony from the 10th century, set down in Aquitainian manuscripts and the celebrated Winchester Troper from Britain, they have constructed a Mass for Ascension Day, a feast with strong liturgical associations to the apocalypse. This is the earliest music to which Anonymous 4 has lent their distinctively pure, beautifully blended voices. Such purity and repose might at first seem strange when combined with texts describing the Last Judgment. But that's part of the point: For a culture so thoroughly buttressed by faith, the end of the world needn't be such a terrifying prospect. This is Anonymous 4's first recording with new member Jacqueline Horner -- the only personnel change since the group formed in 1986 -- but their sound is still pristinely gorgeous. The mass performed here is rooted in chant, and the group takes the opportunity to add drones and polyphonic lines where appropriate, according to instructions from treatises of the time. The moments in which a single, austere chant melody blossoms into a rich interplay between the voices are stunning without fail. And the group paces the program for maximum effect, starting from unadorned chants, gradually supplementing them with drones and added lines, and reaching high points of rapture in a climactic sequence of two Alleluias. They descend gracefully from this arch, ending once again in a plainchant hymn. Like much of the music Anonymous 4 perform, it may sound simple to the ears, but its serene beauty is crafted -- and sung -- with the utmost artfulness.
New York Times - Ira Rosenblum
Anonymous 4's now legendary silky blending of voices is evident throughout. Mass for the End of Time is a hauntingly beautiful journey back in time.
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  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046722425
  • Catalog Number: 907224

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Judicii signum, processional hymn - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (6:13)
  2. 2 Quem creditis super astra / Viri galilei, troped introit - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (10:03)
  3. 3 Celestis terrestrisque, kyrie - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (5:34)
  4. 4 Prudentia prudentium, gloria - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (6:05)
  5. 5 Dominus in Sina - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (3:24)
  6. 6 Ascendens Christus - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (4:56)
  7. 7 Salvator mundi / Rex omnipotens die hodierna, sequence - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (8:15)
  8. 8 Elevatus est rex fortis / Viri galilei, troped offertory - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (8:29)
  9. 9 Ante secula, sanctus - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (2:50)
  10. 10 Omnipotens eterne (Agnus Dei) - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (3:03)
  11. 11 Corpus quod nunc / Psallite domino, troped communion - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (2:34)
  12. 12 Apocalypse 21:1-5, lection - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (2:41)
  13. 13 Regnantem sempiterna, prose - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (2:37)
  14. 14 Cives celestis patrie, hymn - Anonymous 4 & Gregorian Chant (5:38)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Hauntingly Beautiful Message for All of Humanity

    This is completely unlike any other New Age or Gregorian style music that I've heard before. It has a sound all its own that is rather unique to music of the Second Millenium. I had no feelings of dread over some kind of Apocalyptic Event being predicted or spoken of by the music, but rather a feeling of Joy and Hope for the Future that says that we are not alone. We are here for a purpose and that purpose is being fulfilled as it should be. This is some of the most wonderful Millenial Music that one could hope to hear. Perfect for prayer, meditation or just relaxing and letting your mind drift. The Anonymous 4 are on my list of favorites from now and on.

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