Sacred Music

Sacred Music


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Sacred Music

This collection of sacred music from different eras is merely a repackaging of some aging items from the catalog of the French label Naïve, which acquired the Opus 111 label some years ago; one of the discs in the set bears that imprint. These aren't necessarily the absolute top-of-the-line recordings from Naïve, but they're enough to provide a decent introduction to what this label has been doing. The work starts with fashion-forward graphic design, included in full in these releases. It proceeds to sensuous singing married to vigorous historical-instrument performances from French and on occasion Italian ensembles. The word "vigorous" is not enough to describe one of the performances here, the rendering of Vivaldi's "Gloria for chorus and orchestra in D major, RV 589," the famous "Vivaldi's Gloria." Sample the opening track to get an idea of what you're in for. The leader of the Bach cantata disc is another star of the current historical-instrument scene: conductor, gambist, and cellist Christophe Coin. The Mozart C minor mass disc will not close the book on that monumental torso (in Mozart the French sound can be a bit mannered), but will introduce the listener to the effortlessly soaring and rather addictive voice of soprano Sandrine Piau, and to the ultra-serene sound of the chorus Accentus. The disc of chants by Hildegard of Bingen and another female medieval composer of chant, Herrad von Landberg, is a bit outside Naïve's usual range of specialization, but has the same combination of technical precision and surface beauty as the other recordings. The bottom line is that Naïve has done more than any other label to present historical-instrument performances as passionate music-making worthy of an audience's attention entirely on its own musical merits. If you've missed the activities so far, here's a low-cost crash course.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/2007
Label: Naive
UPC: 0822186051269
catalogNumber: 5126


  1. Enixa est puerpera, hymn
  2. Sol oritur occasus nescius, conductus
  3. O rubor sanguinis, antiphon for Saint Ursula & her companions
  4. Favus distillans, response for Saint Ursula & her companions
  5. Hec est mater (trope de Benedicamus)
  6. Leto leta concio, canon
  7. Congaudeat turba fidelium
  8. Kyrie - Magne Deus (trope of Kyrie)
  9. Dilexisti iustitiam, graduel
  10. Veri floris sub figura, conductus
  11. Primus parens hominum, hymn
  12. Offerentur regi virgines, offertory
  13. Sanctus - Phos, patris karitatis (trope of Sanctus)
  14. Agnus Dei - Ave Maria (trope of Agnus Dei)
  15. lube Domine (lecture) / Navigantes inde sursum, V. Germaniam visure (répons) / Beata virgo (lecture) / Sanctis Rome visitatis, V. Di
  16. Cum vox sanguinis, hymn for Saint Ursula & her Companions
  17. Procedentem sponsum de thalamo, Benedicamus
  18. Diapente est diatesseron, exercise for intervals
  19. Stephani primi martiris, hymn
  20. Alleluia - In Maria benignitas (Graduel de Pairis) / Alleluia - O virga mediatrix (Hildegard von Bingen)
  21. Ite iam sine tristicia (trope of Ite missa est)
  22. Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589
  23. Concerto for strings & continuo in D minor, RV 128
  24. Magnificat, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus, strings & continuo in G minor (Venice Version), RV 611
  25. Double Trumpet Concerto for 2 trumpets or oboes & continuo in D Major, RV 781 (formerly RV 563)
  26. Cantata No. 180, "Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele," BWV 180 (BC A149)
  27. Cantata No. 49, "Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen," BWV 49 (BC A150)
  28. Cantata No. 115, "Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit," BWV 115 (BC A156)
  29. Mass No. 17 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C minor (fragment, "Great Mass"), K. 427 (K. 417a)

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