Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
René Clemencic, dir; Clemencic Consort
OEHMS 635 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 71:58
Text and Translation)
René Clemencic has returned to one of his most successful ventures, songs from the 13th-century
. On five LPs he produced one of the most complete surveys of any on records (three-CD set, 14:4). In that review, I compared the set with the slightly lengthier Philip Pickett series of four CDs (13:6) and Thomas Binkley’s pioneering two discs. It turned out that each of the three groups sang selections not duplicated by either of the others. Since then, a number of other recordings have come and gone. As luck would have it, there is a title on this disc,
Cur homo torquetur?
that I have not found on any other recording. But this disc hardly replaces the old set, for the two items I singled out as most memorable,
, are both rendered here instrumentally. This is cause for wonder, for the only ensemble member who remains with Clemencic is the wonderful René Zosso, who sang the former of the two pieces, accompanying himself on the hurdy-gurdy as he does in other selections here.
So here we have a generous selection in surround sound, endowed with the marvelous spontaneity that marked Clemencic’s more humorous productions. Those included his “Feast of Fools” (11:1) and “Roman de Fauvel” (9:3; most elegantly presented in HML 590994, 17:5). Since the three-disc set is hard to find at any price now, this will fill its place, for Zosso, now in his seventies, remains a unique artist who captures the spirit of this music as no other in any ensemble. While the table of contents is adequate, I see no reason why the track numbers are not repeated on the text pages. Even so, this is one of the great recordings of this repertoire.
FANFARE: J. F. Weber
Works on This Recording
Carmina burana by Anonymous
Wolfgang Reithofer (Clay Drum),
René Clemencic (Gemshorn),
Markus Forster (Countertenor),
Thomas Wimmer (Bagpipe),
Eberhard Kummer (Bass Baritone),
René Zosso (Hurdy-gurdy),
René Zosso (Voice),
Wolfgang Reithofer (Tambourine),
Wolfgang Reithofer (Drums),
Thomas Wimmer (Lute),
Esmail Vasseghi (Drum),
Esmail Vasseghi (Bells),
Esmail Vasseghi (Dulcimer),
Thomas Wimmer (Fiddle),
Marco Ambrosini (Jew's Harp)
Notes: Composition written: France (12th Century - 13th Century).
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