Anonymous

Anonymous

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What a novel idea! Under the aegis of Naxos producer Colin J. Rae and annotator Dean Brierly, here is a two-disc compilation dedicated to the works of the most prolific composer of all time: Anonymous. There are lots of reasons why musical works come down through history without attribution; in the earliest days of notation, sacredSee more details below

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What a novel idea! Under the aegis of Naxos producer Colin J. Rae and annotator Dean Brierly, here is a two-disc compilation dedicated to the works of the most prolific composer of all time: Anonymous. There are lots of reasons why musical works come down through history without attribution; in the earliest days of notation, sacred compositions themselves were viewed as being the result of a collective for a collective purpose, and it was rare for a composer -- or even a scribe -- to affix his or her name to such a production. As musical works became associated more definitively with the hands that crafted them, the names gradually began to appear, though it was a long process and Anonymous works are still relatively common into the seventeenth century; it took a long time for the cult of the composer in Western music to become truly established. Music publishing had an important effect on this development because it was discovered that a work attached to a composer's name -- particularly that of a successful composer -- was more commercial than one that didn't have a composer at all. This led to a cottage industry of Anonymous music attributed to big name composers -- Franz Joseph Haydn was a frequent victim of the practice -- who had never seen the scores appearing under their names. But in this release, Naxos doesn't take the story quite so far; electing to end its survey of Anonymous at about 1700, and indeed, by this time the named composer was pretty much the rule of law; in manuscript copies a name was supplied to works -- often wrongly -- even if there was no name known. By virtue of restricting to such compass -- mainly the Medieval and Renaissance eras -- Naxos is able to showcase its wide variety of outstanding offerings in regard to music of these periods. The sequencing of the 48 Anonymous works presented is pleasant and easy to follow, and the performers represented are for the most part truly great ones -- Tonus Peregrinus, Ensemble Unicorn, Oni Wytars Ensemble, Rose Consort of Viols, and so forth. The only real shortcomings of the modest package -- which fetches a price point of two for the cost of a disc and a half -- is that we are not informed which albums the tracks are taken from, and the detailed tracklisting on the back of the jewel case is printed in a very small typeface that's hard to read. The titles and timings listing on the back of the outer slipcase is a little easier to read, but that of course doesn't tell us who is performing what; nevertheless, this time it didn't have to be cluttered up with a lot of composer names! An amusing liner note, provided by Brierly, posits a "biography" for Anonymous in a slightly tongue-in-cheek manner that is delightful and amusing. While we may never know who wrote the music on Naxos' Anonymous, it serves its purpose well as a quirky yet comprehensive collection of Naxos' early music recordings and is a bounty of music to boot.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313804474
catalogNumber:
8578044-45
Rank:
238041

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Avrix mi galanica (Let Me In, My Love)  - Sephardic Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Accentus Chamber Choir  - Thomas Wimmer  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:19)
  2. Ich tät mir auserwählen (I chose for myself)  -  Anonymous, German  - Bernhard Böhm  -  Lord Byron  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:09)
  3. Se grasse / Cum venerint / Ite missa est, motet  -  Anonymous, French  -  Lord Byron  -  Tonus Peregrinus  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:31)
  4. Cueurs desolez, song for 5 parts  - Josquin Desprez  -  Lord Byron  -  Capilla Flamenca  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:46)
  5. Bog se rodi va Betleme  - Croatian Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:58)
  6. Biance flour  -  Anonymous, Italian  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:31)
  7. Plus oultre, for 2 lutes  - Nicolas Gombert  -  Lord Byron  -  Capilla Flamenca  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:39)
  8. Work(s): Cantiga de Santa Maria No. 77 & 119

    • Alfonso X (el Sabio)
    • Lord Byron
    • Ensemble Unicorn
    • Michael Posch
    • Belinda Sykes
    • Marcus Aurelius
    1. Cantiga de Santa Maria No. 77 & 119  (02:21)
  9. Den III. ende - VI. Ronde - Quatre Branles, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")  -  Anonymous, Dutch  -  Lord Byron  - Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:53)
  10. Eya Martyr Stephane, carol for 2 voices  -  Anonymous, English Polyphony  -  Lord Byron  -  Oxford Camerata  - Jeremy Summerly  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:35)
  11. Sancta Maria wohn uns bei, hymn  -  Anonymous, German  -  Lord Byron  -  Ciaramella  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:35)
  12. Pascha Nostrum, alleluia in mode 7 (Mass for Easter Sunday) (GR 197)  -  Gregorian Chant  - Aurora Surgit  -  Lord Byron  - Alessio Randon  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:33)
  13. Der Gestreifft Danntz - der Gassenhauer darauff, for lute  -  Anonymous, German  - Bernhard Böhm  -  Lord Byron  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:01)
  14. Untitled work, for ensemble (from D-Mbs Mus. Ms. 3154)  -  Anonymous, German  -  Lord Byron  -  Ciaramella  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:43)
  15. Clauso chronos, CB 73  -  Anonymous, Carmina Burana  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:10)
  16. Esta montaña d'enfrente (This Mountain in Front)  - Sephardic Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Accentus Chamber Choir  - Thomas Wimmer  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:31)
  17. Greensleeves, folk song  - English Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Estampie  - Graham Derrick  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:14)
  18. Agnus Dei  -  Anonymous  -  Lord Byron  -  Tonus Peregrinus  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:39)
  19. Venite, benedicti patris mei, introit  - Ambrosian Chant  -  Lord Byron  - Manuela Schenale  - Alberto Turco  -  Dulci Jubilo  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:43)
  20. Sa'dâwî  - Sephardic Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Accentus Chamber Choir  - Thomas Wimmer  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:08)
  21. Mein Herz in hohen Freuden ist, hymn  -  Anonymous, German  -  Lord Byron  -  Ciaramella  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:34)
  22. Den I, II. ende - III. Gaillarde, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")  -  Anonymous, Dutch  -  Lord Byron  - Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:00)
  23. Si quis sermonem, psallenda  - Ambrosian Chant  -  Lord Byron  - Manuela Schenale  - Alberto Turco  -  Dulci Jubilo  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:28)
  24. Apud Dominum (antiphona) - Psalmus 129  -  Anonymous  - Aurora Surgit  -  Lord Byron  - Alessio Randon  - Marcus Aurelius  (04:20)
  25. Bujo (instrumental)  - Peire Cardenal  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Marcus Aurelius  - Maria Lafitte  - Peter Rabanza  (02:43)
  26. Robin Hood & Maid Marian  - English Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Estampie  - Graham Derrick  - Marcus Aurelius  (04:27)
  27. Tourdion  -  Anonymous, French  - Bernhard Böhm  -  Lord Byron  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:21)

Disc 2

  1. Düdül  - Turkish Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:37)
  2. Untitled (Codex Faenza)  -  Anonymous, Codex Faenza  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:20)
  3. Jalla man, hymn  -  Traditional Arabic-Andalusian  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  - Marcus Aurelius  (04:10)
  4. Bacche, bene venies, CB 200  -  Anonymous, Carmina Burana  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Marcus Aurelius  (05:57)
  5. Alma Redemptoris Mater  -  Gregorian Chant  -  Lord Byron  -  Oxford Camerata  - Jeremy Summerly  - Marcus Aurelius  (06:23)
  6. Alma chorus / O du arme Judas, motet  -  Anonymous, German  -  Lord Byron  -  Ciaramella  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:14)
  7. Den hoboecken dans  -  Anonymous  -  Lord Byron  - Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:46)
  8. Nevestinko oro  - Macedonian Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:16)
  9. In nomine  -  Anonymous  -  Lord Byron  - Catherine King  -  Rose Consort of Viols  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:47)
  10. Requiem aeternam (introitus) - Kyrie  -  Anonymous  - Aurora Surgit  -  Lord Byron  - Alessio Randon  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:51)
  11. Kyrie Eleison  -  Anonymous  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  - Marcus Aurelius  (03:20)
  12. Quant voi la florette, Motet  -  Anonymous  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Belinda Sykes  - Marcus Aurelius  (04:00)
  13. Keh Moshe, chant  - Jewish Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  - Marcus Aurelius  (01:48)
  14. Aurora Lucis, hymn for Easter  -  Gregorian Chant  - Aurora Surgit  -  Lord Byron  - Alessio Randon  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:26)
  15. Domna, pos vos ay chausida  -  Anonymous, Troubadour  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Marcus Aurelius  - Maria Lafitte  - Peter Rabanza  (02:24)
  16. Den III., I. ende - VI. Ronde, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")  -  Anonymous, Dutch  -  Lord Byron  - Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:27)
  17. Jay grant espoir  -  Anonymous  -  Lord Byron  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:47)
  18. Greensleeves (Balcarres Lute Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Lord Byron  -  Estampie  - Graham Derrick  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:23)
  19. Basse Danse "La Magdalena"  - Pierre Attaingnant  - Bernhard Böhm  -  Lord Byron  - Marcus Aurelius  (02:48)
  20. O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe  -  Anonymous  -  Lord Byron  - Catherine King  -  Rose Consort of Viols  - Marcus Aurelius  (04:19)
  21. Partos trocados (Babes Exchanged)  - Sephardic Traditional  -  Lord Byron  -  Accentus Chamber Choir  - Thomas Wimmer  - Marcus Aurelius  (05:53)

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