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Perotin

Perotin

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by The Hilliard Ensemble
     
 
Most of us who have ever heard the music of Perotin, a Parisian composer active around 1200, know it from the pioneering 1970s recording of David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London, Music of the Gothic Era. But here Paul Hillier and the Hilliard Ensemble, one of today's preeminent a cappella ensembles, take their turn

Overview

Most of us who have ever heard the music of Perotin, a Parisian composer active around 1200, know it from the pioneering 1970s recording of David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London, Music of the Gothic Era. But here Paul Hillier and the Hilliard Ensemble, one of today's preeminent a cappella ensembles, take their turn with Perotin, and what a difference a few years makes. Munrow's recordings, while musically satisfying, were renowned in large degree for their novelty; Hilliard has taken Perotin's remote, intriguing music and turned it into something surprisingly compelling to the modern listener. This is music to set a mood: ethereal, hypnotic, sonorous, and deeply beautiful. Listening to Hilliard's Perotin, one can easily understand how this music sparked the imagination of Steve Reich and other contemporary minimalist composers. There is, remarkably, a stylistic affinity spanning eight centuries. The opening and closing works -- "Viderunt Omnes" and "Sederunt Principes," both four-part organa (a form of early polyphony) -- were written for religious celebrations at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and each is a tour de force of medieval music. Other, smaller-scale works of Perotin and his anonymous contemporaries fill out the middle of the recording, but the two great organa are the highlights, and one will be tempted to listen to them repeatedly. Slip this CD in your player, sit back, and let the centuries melt away.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
For thousands of years, music was monophonic, meaning it consisted of just one melody that was sung or played on its own. Then, around 1200, composers started combining melodies, one on top of the other, to create polyphony and harmony. Perotin was one of the earliest of these pioneers and one of the first composers we know by name. His music is difficult to describe but impossible to forget. Anchored to a droning bass voice, the close-knit harmonies sway and swing. The Hilliard Ensemble sings this ancient music in a way that not only brings it to life but that makes its austere textures sound almost modern. Their tuning -- very tricky with such continuously close harmonies -- is perfect, and their tone has both sinew and suppleness. ECM's recording evokes an appropriate cathedral-like atmosphere without sacrificing clarity. This is an Early Music disc for folks who think they don't like Early Music.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2000
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0042283775121
catalogNumber:
837751
Rank:
52237

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Tracks

  1. Viderunt omnes, organum for 4 voices  -  Pérotin  - Paul Hillier  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  - Charles Daniels  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - Mark Padmore  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  2. Veni creator spiritus, 3-part conductus (MS Florencia)  -  Anonymous, Notre Dame School  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  3. Alleluia, Posui adiutorium, organum for 3 voices  -  Pérotin  - Paul Hillier  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - Mark Padmore  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch
  4. O Maria Virginei  -  Anonymous  - Paul Hillier  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - Barbara Wojirsch
  5. Dum sigillum summi Patris, conductus for 2 voices  -  Pérotin  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch
  6. Isaias Cecinit  -  Anonymous  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  7. Alleluia, Nativitas, organum for 3 voices  -  Pérotin  - Paul Hillier  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  - Charles Daniels  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - Mark Padmore  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  8. Beata viscera, conductus for solo voice  -  Pérotin  - Paul Hillier  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - Mark Padmore  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James
  9. Sederunt principes, organum for 4 voices  -  Pérotin  - Paul Hillier  - Paul Hillier  - Rogers Covey-Crump  - Charles Daniels  -  Hilliard Ensemble  -  Hilliard Ensemble  - Gordon Jones  - Mark Padmore  - John Potter  - Barbara Wojirsch  -  David James

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