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Ossuaires: Office For Elizabeth Of Hungary By Pierre De Cambrai

Graindelavoix / Schmelzer
Release Date: 11/27/2012 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 32107   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Cambrai Chant
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first in a trilogy of recordings exploring religious, social and political discourses around 13th century music sees Björn Schmelzer and Graindelavoix set off on a journey across Europe, reflecting on the medieval working world of the artist Villard de Honnecourt who was responsible for a collection (still in existence) of drawings made in connection with the new Gothic cathedrals then being built. The travels of Villard took him from Cambrai to Vaucelles and Reims, and then across Germany, Switzerland and Hungary and in this first volume, Ossuaires (ossuaries being receptacles for holy relics), the lines of this journey unite medieval Northern France and Hungary: musical treasures performed here concentrate on an Office for Saint Read more Elizabeth by Pierre de Cambrai and Volek syrolm thudothlon (an example of an early Hungarian poem being set to music from France). The characteristic and imaginative approach of Björn Schmelzer, along with his Graindelavoix singers, stands back from preconceived notions of how such medieval music may have been sung, and aligns itself instead more with the working practices of artists such as Villard de Honnecourt (examples of the draughtsman's work are included in the CD booklet), medieval and modern artists embellishing and improvising, combining and recycling their materials from a practical perspective. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Gaudeat Hungaria, jubilet Thuringia!, antiphon (from the Office of St. Elisabeth "Gaudeat Hungaria") by Cambrai Chant
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Written: after 1250 
Date of Recording: 07/2010-08/2010 
Venue:  Braine-l'Allaud, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2. Sub Conrado Dei viro, responsory (from the Office for Elizabeth of Hungary) by Cambrai Chant
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/2010-08/2010 
Venue:  Braine-l'Allaud, France 
Length: 11 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3. Ante Dies exitus, responsory (from the Office for Elizabeth of Hungary) by Cambrai Chant
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/2010-08/2010 
Venue:  Braine-l'Allaud, France 
Length: 15 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4. Cui nec apex, responsory (from the Office for Elizabeth of Hungary) by Cambrai Chant
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/2010-08/2010 
Venue:  Braine-l'Allaud, France 
Length: 13 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5. Tante signa glorie, responsory (from the Office for Elizabeth of Hungary) by Cambrai Chant
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/2010-08/2010 
Venue:  Braine-l'Allaud, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6. Un chant renvoisie / Decantatur, motet (from the Office for Elizabeth of Hungary) by Cambrai Chant
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/2010-08/2010 
Venue:  Braine-l'Allaud, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7. Volek syrolm thundothlon (from the Office for Elizabeth of Hungary) by Cambrai Chant
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 07/2010-08/2010 
Venue:  Braine-l'Allaud, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Office for Saint Elizabeth of Hungary [Cambrai Ms 38]: Antifona I (Vesperae I): Gaudeat Hungaria
Office for Saint Elizabeth of Hungary [Cambrai Ms 38]: Responsorium II (Nocturnus II): Sub Conrado Del viro
Office for Saint Elizabeth of Hungary [Cambrai Ms 38]: Responsorium V (Nocturnus II): Ante Dies exitus
Office for Saint Elizabeth of Hungary [Cambrai Ms 38]: Responsorium VI (Nocturnus II): Cul nec apex
Office for Saint Elizabeth of Hungary [Cambrai Ms 38]: Responsorium IX (Nocturnus II): Tante signa glorie
Un chant renvoisie / Decantatur [Paris Bib. Nat. 3517-18]
Volek syrolm thudothlon (Lamentations of Mary) [Hungary, 1300]

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