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Medieval Christmas
     

Medieval Christmas

by Orlando Consort
 
The title of this album by the Orlando Consort -- Medieval Christmas -- should be taken at face value -- this is not the kind of familiar merry Renaissance music that is sung and played by costumed revelers at madrigal dinners, this is unaccompanied vocal music primarily of the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries, presented

Overview

The title of this album by the Orlando Consort -- Medieval Christmas -- should be taken at face value -- this is not the kind of familiar merry Renaissance music that is sung and played by costumed revelers at madrigal dinners, this is unaccompanied vocal music primarily of the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries, presented without accommodation to the expectations of contemporary audiences. This is not recognizably "Christmas music," but it's beautiful in its strangeness. For the listener who is eager to hear Christmas music as Medieval Europeans would have heard it, this CD is a treasure. The very earliest pieces from the eleventh century Winchester Troper are among the first examples of polyphony, or multiple melodies being sung simultaneously, and the most recent works are early Renaissance motets. The anonymous fifteenth century motet "Lullay, lullow: I saw a swete seemly sight," sung in Chaucerian English, is particularly moving. The four-member Orlando Consort, which prides itself on its scholarship in the authentic performance practice of music of this period, including adherence to Medieval tuning systems, sings this rarified and austere repertoire with absolute tonal purity and balance, but also with passion and expressivity. Harmonia Mundi's sound is ideally resonant and full.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2006
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0093046741822
catalogNumber:
907418

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Tracks

  1. Christe redemptor, 2-part kyrie  -  Anonymous, Winchester Troper  - Donald Greig  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Angus Smith  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  2. Quem lohannes, troped angus from a Christmas Mass (Winchester Troper, Cambridge Corpus Christi College, 473)  -  Anonymous, Winchester Troper  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  -  Orlando Consort  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  3. Alleluia V. Dies sanctificatus, organum for 2 voices  -  Anonymous, Winchester Troper  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  -  Orlando Consort  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  4. O primus homo coruit, versus (from Matines de Noël) (St. Martial de Limoges)  -  Anonymous, Aquitanian Repertory  - Donald Greig  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  5. Lux refulget, organum  -  Anonymous, Aquitanian Repertory  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Angus Smith  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  6. Annus renascitur, conductus (Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. 29.1)  -  Anonymous, French  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  -  Orlando Consort  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  7. De quan qu'on peut, belle et bonne, estriner, ballade (Chantilly, Musée Condé, 564)  -  Anonymous, Codex Chantilly  - Robert Harre-Jones  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Angus Smith  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  8. Tout mon désir, ballade  - Arnold de Lantins  - Robert Harre-Jones  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Angus Smith  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  9. Ce jour de l'an, rondeau for 3 voices  - Guillaume Dufay  - Donald Greig  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Angus Smith  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  10. Clangat Tuba, Martyr Thoma  -  Anonymous, Ritson Manscript  - Donald Greig  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Angus Smith  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  11. Ave rex angelorum  -  Anonymous, Egerton Manuscript 3307  - Donald Greig  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Angus Smith  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  12. Eya Martyr Stephane, carol  -  Anonymous, English Polyphony  - Donald Greig  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  13. Vox in Rama, motet  -  Jacobus Clemens Non Papa  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  -  Orlando Consort  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  14. Coventry Carol (1): "Lullay, I Saw a Swete, Semely Syght"  -  Anonymous, Ritson Manscript  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Angus Smith  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Mark Dobell  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  15. O admirabile commercium, motet  - Loyset Compere  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  -  Orlando Consort  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  16. Pastores loquebantur, motet for 5 voices  -  Jacobus Clemens Non Papa  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  17. Noel, noel, motet for 4 voices  - Antoine Busnois  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  -  Orlando Consort  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  18. Noe, Noe (motet)  - Antoine Brumel  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  -  Orlando Consort  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens
  19. Nato Canunt Omnia for 5 voices  - Antoine Brumel  - Ingeborg Neumann  - Marie-Noelle Toury  - Robina G. Young  - Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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