Miracles of Compostela

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Codex Calixtinus, a document housed at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, includes an odd assortment of writings relating to St. James the Greater -- sermons, lessons, miracle stories, guides to medieval pilgrimage routes, grammatical exercises for schools boys, and a wealth of chant, as well as some of the earliest examples of two- and three-part vocal polyphony. On this 1995 recording, Anonymous 4, the a cappella women's quartet, sings 21 intriguingly diverse selections from the collection, ranging from simple monophonic chant to astonishingly dissonant polyphony. The textural variety is one of the album's greatest charms; even within the same piece, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Codex Calixtinus, a document housed at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, includes an odd assortment of writings relating to St. James the Greater -- sermons, lessons, miracle stories, guides to medieval pilgrimage routes, grammatical exercises for schools boys, and a wealth of chant, as well as some of the earliest examples of two- and three-part vocal polyphony. On this 1995 recording, Anonymous 4, the a cappella women's quartet, sings 21 intriguingly diverse selections from the collection, ranging from simple monophonic chant to astonishingly dissonant polyphony. The textural variety is one of the album's greatest charms; even within the same piece, the texture can beguilingly shift from one to three voices since many of the chants and two-voice pieces use drones. The two-part responsory "Portum in ultimo," sung over a drone, is particularly haunting. Other pieces are so melodically eccentric and memorable that they should dispel any stereotypes about medieval music being boring and predictable, particularly the two Benedicamus tropes, "Ad superni regis decus" and "Gratulantes celebremus festum." Anonymous 4 sings with its customary blend of purity and expressiveness, with warmth and immaculate intonation, and it's a performance of great serenity. Harmonia Mundi's sound is ideally warm, clean, and resonant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 794881852727
  • Catalog Number: 507156
  • Sales rank: 107,147

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Venite Omnes (Codex Calixtinus, Cat Auriense) - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (1:15)
  2. 2 Salve festa dies, Iacobi, versus du pape Calixte - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (4:37)
  3. 3 Vox nostra resonet, conduit - Johannes Legalis & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (1:40)
  4. 4 Regem regum dominum (Invitatoire) - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (0:49)
  5. 5 Nostra phalanx plaudat leta, conduit - Ato, Bishop of Troyes & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (2:26)
  6. 6 Ad sepulcrum beati Iacobi - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (2:12)
  7. 7 Ad superni - Ato, Bishop of Troyes & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (3:04)
  8. 8 Iacobe servorum spes, répons - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (2:13)
  9. 9 Benedicamus domino 1 - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (1:53)
  10. 10 In hac die - Canon Fulbert, Bishop of Chartres & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (4:28)
  11. 11 Cunctipotens Genitor Deus - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (5:13)
  12. 12 Psallatt chorus celestium, hymne à saint Jacques - Canon Fulbert, Bishop of Chartres & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (1:10)
  13. 13 Gratulemur et letemur - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (6:27)
  14. 14 Ascendens Ihesus in montem (Offertoire) - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (3:47)
  15. 15 Qui pius ac mitis - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (2:24)
  16. 16 Gratulantes celebremus festum - Goslenus, Bishop of Soissons & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (2:47)
  17. 17 Iacobe sancte tuum - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (5:00)
  18. 18 O adiutor omnium seculorum, répons du premier ton - Ato, Bishop of Troyes & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (8:36)
  19. 19 Portum in ultimo, prose - Ato, Bishop of Troyes & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (2:42)
  20. 20 Congaudeant catholici, trope de Benedicamus - Albert of Paris & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (3:37)
  21. 21 Clemens servulorum - Anonymous 4 & Anonymous, Codex Calixtinus (4:48)
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Performance Credits
Anonymous 4 Primary Artist
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