Discover Early Music

Discover Early Music

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Discover Early Music is part of a series covering the history of Western classical music, from medieval times to the present day; each volume contains two CDs and a booklet of about 100 pages, mostly given over to a historical essay keyed to the selections included. One may wonder, when looking at these discs, why no one has done this before, especially in viewSee more details below

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Discover Early Music is part of a series covering the history of Western classical music, from medieval times to the present day; each volume contains two CDs and a booklet of about 100 pages, mostly given over to a historical essay keyed to the selections included. One may wonder, when looking at these discs, why no one has done this before, especially in view of book publishers' inability to come up with a good single-volume history with any kind of readability and flair. The reason is that it would be difficult for any label other than Naxos, the plucky Hong Kong-based outfit that has gleefully proved all the doubters wrong by expanding while everyone else was contracting, to pull it off; only Naxos has the vast and varied catalog to make a full-fledged survey of especially the early periods possible. One effect of this project's origins on Naxos is that the medieval period is somewhat underrepresented; we get only eight pieces on the first CD to cover the entire period from Gregorian chant to the era of Dufay and Dunstable in the middle of the fifteenth century. In the early sections of the booklet essay by British editor and writer Lucien Jenkins, one can get through quite a few paragraphs without coming to any music. If there's a hole in the Naxos catalog, it's in the early medieval era, which is usually taken on by specialist ensembles that don't line up with Naxos' cost-cutting aesthetic. But that disadvantage is far outweighed by the generally solid execution of the whole project. One can quibble with Jenkins' text at isolated moments, but overall it is a clear, well-informed introduction. If there's one reason for the public's comparative lack of interest in the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as compared with the art of the era, it is that appreciating the technique of a Josquin or a Machaut, as opposed to a Michelangelo or Giotto, depends on an awareness of technical processes that are not directly visible. In dealing with more complex forms, Jenkins excels. He lays out just enough information to make the general listener aware of the kinds of things that are happening without going into intimidating detail. The performances vary, but the Naxos predilection for recording regional ensembles actually works to the project's advantage; nothing sounds strange when juxtaposed with its neighbor on the disc. This album should be ideally suited to the needs of adult-enrichment classes, tourists, and anyone else interested in an introduction to the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance that can be covered in a few evenings. One caveat: the term early music is sometimes understood to include part of the Baroque era, but this album cuts off with Palestrina, at the end of the sixteenth century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943817025
catalogNumber:
8558170-71
Rank:
81046

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Antiphonae post Evangelium  - Ambrosian Chant  - Giotto di Bodone  -  In Dulci Jubilo Children's Choir  - Alberto Turco  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (03:26)
  2. Adorabo, alleluia  -  Gregorian Chant  - Giotto di Bodone  - Alberto Turco  -  Nova Schola Gregoriana  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (02:25)
  3. Ordo Virtutum, liturgical drama: Procession

    • Hildegard von Bingen
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Oxford Camerata
    • Jeremy Summerly
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Procession  (04:30)
  4. Viderunt omnes, 2 part organum

    • Anonymous, 11th century French Polyphony
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Tonus Peregrinus
    • Antony Pitts
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Viderunt omnes... (2-part organum)  (02:09)
    2. ...fines terre salutare dei nostri jubilate deo omnis terra (plainchant)  (00:53)
    3. Notum fecit...(2-part organum)  (00:44)
    4. ...Dominus...  (01:34)
    5. ...salutare suum ante conspectum gentium revelavit...  (03:43)
    6. ...justitiam suam (plainchant)  (00:32)
  5. Gaudete Christus est natus (Piae Cantiones 1582)  - Christmas Traditional  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Oxford Camerata  - Jeremy Summerly  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (01:44)
  6. Work(s): [Unspecified] Cantiga de Santa Maria

    • Alfonso X (el Sabio)
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Ensemble Unicorn
    • Michael Posch
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. [Unspecified] Cantiga de Santa Maria  (02:25)
  7. Exiit diluculo, CB 90  -  Anonymous, Carmina Burana  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Ensemble Oni Wytars  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (02:52)
  8. Humils, forfaitz, repres e penedens  - Guiraut Riquier  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (07:05)
  9. Adieu ces bons vins de Lannoys, rondeau for 3 voices  - Guillaume Dufay  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Bernhard Landauer  - Michael Posch  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (05:37)
  10. Non avrà mai pietà, ballata for 3 voices, S. 144  - Francesco Landini  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (04:19)
  11. Non avrà mai pietà, ballata for 3 voices, S. 144  - Francesco Landini  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Ensemble Unicorn  - Michael Posch  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (03:39)
  12. Veni Sancte Spiritus, isorhythmic motet for 4 voices, MB 32  - John Dunstable  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Tonus Peregrinus  - Antony Pitts  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (07:00)
  13. D'un aultre amer, chanson for 3 voices  - Johannes Ockeghem  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Capilla Flamenca  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (03:06)
  14. Alleluia, Verbum caro factum est, motet for 4 voices  - Antoine Busnois  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Capilla Flamenca  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (01:23)
  15. El grillo, song for 4 parts  - Josquin Des Prez  - Giotto di Bodone  - Shirley Rumsey  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (01:35)
  16. El grillo, song for 4 parts  - Josquin Des Prez  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Capilla Flamenca  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (01:34)
  17. Missa "La Sol Fa Re Mi", for 4 parts: Kyrie

    • Josquin Des Prez
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Capilla Flamenca
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Kyrie  (02:15)
  18. Réveillez vous, cueurs endormis, chanson for 4 voices ("Le chant des oiseaux"), M. 2/67  - Clément Janequin  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Scholars of London  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (03:17)
  19. Passe & Medio/Den iersten gaillarde  - Tylman Susato  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Capilla Flamenca  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (03:07)
  20. Work(s): Den III ronde - Den VI ronde - Les quatres branles

    • Tylman Susato
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Den III ronde - Den VI ronde - Les quatres branles  (02:57)
  21. Work(s): Gaillarde I - II - III

    • Tylman Susato
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Gaillarde I - II - III  (02:05)

Disc 2

  1. In Nomine, for 4 parts (arrangements exist for consort & for keyboard)  - John Taverner  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Rose Consort of Viols  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (02:29)
  2. In Nomine a 5 ("Crye")  - Christopher Tye  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Rose Consort of Viols  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (01:56)
  3. Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299  - Thomas Tallis  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Oxford Camerata  - Jeremy Summerly  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (12:18)
  4. Mass for 4 Voices (SATB): Sanctus

    • William Byrd
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Oxford Camerata
    • Jeremy Summerly
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Sanctus  (04:38)
  5. Psalm 130: Du Fond De Ma Pensée  - Claude Goudimel  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Ensemble Claude Goudimel  - Christine Morel  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (04:45)
  6. The King of Denmarks Galliard, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")  - John Dowland  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Rose Consort of Viols  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (01:25)
  7. Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Giotto di Bodone  - Dorothy Linell  - Steven Richards  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (04:05)
  8. Greiner, Zancker, Schnöpffitzer, song for 4 voices  - Heinrich Isaac  - Sven Berger  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Ensemble Villanella  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (01:14)
  9. Stat ein meskin, chanson for 4 voices (also attrib. Isaac)  - Jacob Obrecht  - Sven Berger  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Ensemble Villanella  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (02:11)
  10. Work(s): [Unspecified] Tiento for vihuela

    • Alonso de Mudarra
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Shirley Rumsey
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. [Unspecified] Tiento for vihuela  (01:51)
  11. Tribulationem et dolorem inveni, motet for 5 voices, W. 8/57  - Carlo Gesualdo  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Oxford Camerata  - Jeremy Summerly  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (04:59)
  12. Lagrime di S Pietro (Tansillo), madrigal for 7 voices, H. xx: Il Magnanimo Pietro

    • Bo Holten
    • Roland de Lassus
    • Ars Nova Copenhagen
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Il Magnanimo Pietro  (02:22)
  13. Missa Susanne un jour, for 5 voices, H. iv/121: Kyrie

    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Roland de Lassus
    • Oxford Camerata
    • Jeremy Summerly
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Kyrie  (05:46)
  14. Beau le crystal, chanson for 4 voices, B. xi/57 (S. xii/94)  - Giotto di Bodone  - Roland de Lassus  -  Scholars of London  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (01:41)
  15. O Magnum Mysterium, motet for 4 voices  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  - Giotto di Bodone  -  Oxford Camerata  - Jeremy Summerly  - Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins  (04:19)
  16. Missa Papae Marcelli, for 6 voices: Kyrie

    • Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina
    • Giotto di Bodone
    • Oxford Camerata
    • Jeremy Summerly
    • Arthur Ka Wai Jenkins
    1. Kyrie  (04:38)

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