In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Gothic Voices
Music for the Lion-Hearted King

Song NameComposer
Mundus vergensAnonymous
Novus miles sequiturAnonymous
A la doucour de la bele sesonGace Brule
Sol sub nube latuitAnonymous
Hac in anni ianuaAnonymous
Anglia, planctus iteraAnonymous
Etas auri rediturAnonymous
Vetus abit litteraAnonymous
In occasu siderisAnonymous
L'amours dont sui esprisBlondel de Nesle
Purgator criminumAnonymous
Li nouviauz tanzChastelain de Couci
Pange melos lacrimosumAnonymous
Ma joie me semontBlondel de Nesle
Ver pacis apperitAnonymous
Latex siliceAnonymous

Directed by Christopher Page

This CD commemorates the eight hundreth anniversary of King Richard the First's coronation in Westminster Abbey. Soloists or groups of two to four singers perform each piece a cappella, sometimes overlapping melodies and harmonies with dazzling technicality. Each track glows with vocal virtuosity. The effect heightens with each successive listen. During Richard's lifetime the principal forms of secular court music were the conductus and the chanson. A conductus was an accentual Latin poem set to music for one, two, three or even four voices. The number of parts in a conductus governs not only its sound but also its style in performance, for the addition of voices usually increases the drive and aggressiveness of the work.

Item code: 8748C | 1 CD | $11.95 add item to cart
Early Music | A Cappella | Mixed

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