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Music of the Crusades
     

Music of the Crusades

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by David Munrow
 
This disc features vocal and instrumental music pertaining to the crusades, and the performers are the Early Music Concert of London under the directorship of David Munrow. This easily one of the best period instrument ensembles from the second half of the 20th century, and the clearly know what they are doing. Though the music is never inelegant, it often does have

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This disc features vocal and instrumental music pertaining to the crusades, and the performers are the Early Music Concert of London under the directorship of David Munrow. This easily one of the best period instrument ensembles from the second half of the 20th century, and the clearly know what they are doing. Though the music is never inelegant, it often does have overtones of an entrenched martial resolve. This is not the music of moderate times, but it is not bloodthirsty either. Meditative, gorgeous melodies are part of the programme, as are works featuring aggressive percussion and a direct, unconquerable sound. The diversity of the disc is one of its strengths. Many of the works are by unknown or anonymous composers, but they all from 12th-13th centuries, ascribing to the troubadour tradition, from the few manuscripts that survived that period. Apart from the stellar musicians, this recording also features five singers of comparable merit, and no shortcomings among them can be detected after several hearings. Enthusiastic, painstaking research as obviously gone into the performance practice in operation here, and the delivery is genuinely inspired. Readers interested in becoming familiar with this sort of material will be especially satisfied with this recording, made in 1970 with excellent sound.

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Release Date:
04/05/1991
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028943026420
catalogNumber:
430264
Rank:
14492

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Music of the Crusades 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I write this review, I am listening to this recording. Its value is, to my mind, high for several reasons. First, I have yet(after three years as an active early music listener) to get over the fact that music this old still exists. The fact that professionals actually took the time to research performance techniques and then to perform the music commands respect, as it lends a credible viva voce to this ancient music. The music is alien to the modern ear, (remember that nearly 800 years separates the author and the listener, in some cases), augmenting the ambience of antiquity; despite this, the listener will still love, hate, grieve and be motivated by this music, due to the execellent and clear performance of the Early Music Consort of London, and of course, the mastery of the Medieval composers themselves. Even if this CD is not destined to rank among your listen-when-the-friends-are-over or drive-with-the-radio-way-up CDs , it is at the very least an interesting historical experience, and to the sensitive and imaginative listener, a way to hear the voices of our ancestors across the void.