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Posted October 1, 2010
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.
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