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Mille Fleurs
Release Date: 04/27/2004 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 43   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousMille Fleurs
Performer:  Jan WaltersJennie CassidyHelen GarrisonBelinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're familiar with Anonymous 4 and Trio Medieval, you'll know what to expect from this very fine British trio of women who sing the repertoire of the former with the latter's approach to ensemble style and sound. That is, they "do not believe female early music singers should sound like modern choirboys" but rather adopt an approach that "celebrates their different vocal timbres". So while the colors may be more varied and more liberties may be taken with interpretation in some pieces--a slight stretching or bending of pitch here, an improvisatory exploration there--the performances are beautifully sung, adhering to an interpretive philosophy that appreciates the music's appeal in a context more earthly and less Read more formal and hyper-refined than we may be used to. There's less emphasis on purity of blend and more on sheer expression and rhythmic vitality--and yet, these singers prove on several tracks that they can sing a unison chant as well as anyone.

Jan Walters' harp is added on some selections (as is the shawm of singer Belinda Sykes), and Walters also offers a few solos, including an interesting improvisation on the cantiga "Como poden per sas culpas". Other highlights include the beautiful song Rosa das rosas, the lively, dancing Alpha bovi et leoni, and the lilting rhythm and lovely harmonies of Parit preter morem. The sound is complementary and the voices are all exceptionally pleasing, both solo and in the various ensemble combinations (and be assured, there are no choirboys here!). Even though the repertoire is familiar, this impressive group has managed to make it sound fresh and worth hearing over again--no mean accomplishment, and one that makes me eager to hear more from Mille Fleurs and Signum, whatever their next project.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Virgines egregie by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Salve porta / Salve salus / Salve sancta parens by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Surrexit de tumulo by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp), Jennie Cassidy (Voice), Jennie Cassidy (),
Helen Garrison (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Rosa das rosas, cantiga by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Da castitatis thalamum by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Benedicamus benigno voto by Anonymous
Performer:  Helen Garrison (Voice), Belinda Sykes (Shawm), Belinda Sykes (Voice),
Belinda Sykes (Drums)
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Catholicorum Concio by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Alpha, bovi, et leoni / [Domino] by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
9.
Veni, redemptor gencium by Anonymous
Performer:  Helen Garrison (Voice), Jennie Cassidy ()
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Audi pontus, audi tellus, motet by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11.
Improvisation on Audi pontus by Mille Fleurs
Performer:  Belinda Sykes (Voice), Jennie Cassidy ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12.
Salve Regina Glorie by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13.
Gaude, virgo, plena Deo by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14.
Vella e mininna, cantiga by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
15.
Confessorum agonia by Anonymous
Performer:  Belinda Sykes (Voice), Jan Walters (Harp), Jennie Cassidy (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
16.
Ex illustri nata prosapia by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
17.
Parit preter morem by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
18.
Castrum pudicicie / Virgo viget melius by Anonymous
Performer:  Belinda Sykes (Voice), Jan Walters (Harp), Jennie Cassidy (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
19.
Como poden per sas culpas, cantiga by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Walters (Harp)
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
20.
O Maria, virgo regia / Organica cantica by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
21.
Maria virgo virginum by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mille Fleurs
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 09/06/2002 
Venue:  Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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