Kyrie

Kyrie

by Oxford Clerkes

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Kyrie

The title of this album, Kyrie: Chant for Quiet Meditation, is not an entirely accurate description of its contents. Chant refers specifically to vocal music, and generally to plainchant, that most often has a single line (sometimes with an added drone note) sung as a solo, or by an ensemble in unison. This album includes some tracks of solo and unison singing, but also a large number of polyphonic pieces -- music with several independent voices -- sometimes played by an instrumental ensemble, and sometimes with instruments and voices together. Most of the 33 tracks are very short, so there is a lot of stopping and starting, and switching back and forth between vocal and instrumental music, some of which is so active that it's hard to imagine it being conducive to conventional meditation practices. The album may not be what it purports to be, but if one takes it simply as a collection of Medieval vocal, choral, and instrumental liturgical works, it's highly successful. It does indeed consist almost entirely of Kyries, largely of English origin, but also including works from a variety of continental sources. Vocal ensemble the Oxford Clerkes is top notch, singing with clarity, purity, and unmannered simplicity, and instrumental ensemble Le Basile plays an intriguing assortment of instruments with engaging spontaneity. The sound is warm and nicely resonant. The album should appeal to fans of early music who actually intend to listen to the fine performances, rather than use it as a backdrop for meditation.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2007
Label: Gift Of Music (Naxos
UPC: 0658592118025
catalogNumber: 1180
Rank: 222710

Tracks

  1. Cunctipotens genitor Deus
  2. Studentes
  3. Missa Conditor Kyrie omnium: Kyrie
  4. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 1
  5. Deus creator
  6. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 2
  7. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 3
  8. Rex immense, trope de Kyrie
  9. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 4
  10. Kyrie fons bonitatis, trope in mode 3
  11. Kyrie eleison civitate
  12. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 5
  13. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 6
  14. Kyrie lux et origo, mass movement
  15. Kyrie cunctipotens
  16. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 7
  17. Omnipotens Pater, kyrie in mode 8
  18. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 8
  19. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 9
  20. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 10
  21. Orbis Factor, Kyrie XI in mode 1
  22. Missa verbum incarnatum, for 3 voices: Kyrie
  23. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 11
  24. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 12
  25. Cunctipotens genitor Deus
  26. Kyrie, fons bonitatis
  27. Kyrie Rex Genitor (for Christmas Midnight Mass)
  28. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 13
  29. Kyrie Rex Mariae
  30. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 14
  31. Rex Splendens, Kyrie
  32. 15 improvisations on "kyrie squares" for vocal ensemble: Kyrie square No. 15
  33. Sol sub nube latuit

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