Music of the Crusades

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All Music Guide - John Keillor
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Keillor
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/1991
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028943026420
  • Catalog Number: 430264
  • Sales rank: 13,410

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Quinte Estampie Real, for consort - James Blades & Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi (2:14)
  2. 2 Pax in Nomine Domini!, for consort - Marcabru & Oliver Brookes (3:16)
  3. 3 Parti de mal et a bien atourné, for consort - James Bowman & Anonymous, French (1:54)
  4. 4 Chevelier mult estez quariz - Anonymous & Oliver Brookes (2:22)
  5. 5 Chanterai por mon coraige (chanson) - Guiot de Dijon & Oliver Brookes (4:16)
  6. 6 Danse Real - Anonymous & Early Music Consort of London (1:04)
  7. 7 Sede, Syon, in Pulvere, for consort - Anonymous & Early Music Consort of London (3:02)
  8. 8 Palästinalied (Kreutzfahrlied) ("Nu alrest lebe ich mir werde"), song - Walther von der Vogelweide & James Bowman (3:18)
  9. 9 Condicio . . . O Nacio . . . Mane Prima, for consort - Anonymous & James Bowman (2:15)
  10. 10 O Tocius Asie, for consort - Anonymous & James Bowman (2:09)
  11. 11 La Uitime Estampie Real, for consort - James Blades & Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi (2:47)
  12. 12 Cum Sint Difficilia for consort - Anonymous & Early Music Consort of London (3:27)
  13. 13 Li nouveax temps et maiz et violete, for consort, R. 985 - Chastelain de Couci & James Bowman (3:11)
  14. 14 Fortz causa es, for consort - Gaucelm Faidit & Oliver Brookes (4:27)
  15. 15 Je Ne Puis . . . Amors Me Tienent . . . Veritatem, for consort - Anonymous & James Bowman (2:33)
  16. 16 Ahi, amours, con dure departie - Conon de Béthune & Oliver Brookes (2:58)
  17. 17 La Tierche Estampie Real, for consort - James Blades & Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi (2:05)
  18. 18 Ja nus hons pris, for consort - Richard I Coeur-de-lion & James Bowman (2:28)
  19. 19 Au tens plain de felonnie, for consort - Thibault IV, King of Navarre & Early Music Consort of London (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Munrow Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Living History

    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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