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Perotin
     

Perotin

by The Hilliard Ensemble
 
For thousands of years, music was monophonic, meaning it consisted of just one melody that 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

Overview

For thousands of years, music was monophonic, meaning it consisted of just one melody that 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 is atmospheric, evoking 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:
04/26/1994
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0781182138520
catalogNumber:
21385

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Performance Credits

Hilliard Ensemble   Primary Artist
Paul Hillier   Baritone (Vocal)
Gordon Jones   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
John Potter   Tenor (Vocal)
Mark Padmore   Tenor (Vocal),Haute Contre Vocal
Rogers Covey-Crump   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Charles Daniels   Tenor (Vocal)
David James   Vocals,Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Members of the Hilliard Ensemble   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Paul Hillier   Director,Liner Notes
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Peter Laenger   Engineer
Barbara Wojirsch   Cover Design
David James   Counselling

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