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Deo Gratias Anglia: Polyphonies Sacrees / Bundgen, Ensemble Celadon

Ensemble Celadon / Bundgen / Anon
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Aeon   Catalog #: 1218   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin BernaténéPaulin BündgenNolwenn Le GuernClara Coutouly,   ... 
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Deo Gratias Anglia, sacred polyphony and English songs of the Hundred Years' War - Ensemble Celadon celebrates a distant repertoire that at times reveals an astonishing modernity to 21st Century ears.

The text of one of these songs reads: "Cormacus wrote this psalm, pray for him you who read these words." The Irish monk Cormacus inspired this program which brings together many of the best anonymous pieces from manuscripts at Oxford and Worcester. The music of the 14th century, despite the hard times, is full of inventiveness. Blending Latin motets and carols in English, the Ensemble Celadon celebrates a distant repertoire that at times reveals an astonishing modernity to 21st Century ears. Two concerts were
Read more given in Paris and Versailles on the occasion of the album's release. The parts were sung around the audience, accompanied by a fiddle and percussion. Complicity and creativity were the hallmarks of this program. Noted performers included Anne Delafosse, soprano, Coutouly Clara, soprano, Paulin Bündgen, cons-tenor and direction. "Deo Gratias Anglia, sacred polyphony and English songs of the Hundred Years' War" was recorded in Versailles (Versailles Temple) in Paris. - Musique-Maestro, Paris Concert Guide, [April, 2012]

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DEO GRATIAS ANGLIA Paulin Bündgen, dir; Céladon Ens AEON AECD 1218 (58:09 Text and Translation)


This French ensemble of three singers and two players has assembled a program of English music of the Hundred Years’ War, both sacred polyphony and songs. It begins appropriately with the Agincourt carol, which gives the disc its title. The only previous issue of similar scope that I can find is one of the most elusive Musica Reservata programs on Philips, Music from the Time of the Hundred Years’ War. It appeared in 1969, devoting one side each to French and English music, but duplicated nothing here except the Agincourt carol, which ended rather than began that program. This group is more genteel than the famously raucous British group. Mingled with a lot of unfamiliar tunes are, in addition to the title item, the contrafact to the summer canon (Perspice Christicola) and There Is No Rose. An oddity is two versions of Do Way Robin/Sancta Mater, apparently intended to give different perspectives on how the hidden canon is revealed. The manuscript sources of all the selections are cited. The group takes its name from the hero of the 17th-century French saga Astrée (so I learned something here, or two things if you count the origin of the name of a French record label). The performances are light and airy, not to say restrained, so there is little that is bellicose about this disc. Our reviewers seem to have missed several earlier discs by this group on other labels. This is a pleasant traversal of mostly unfamiliar tunes.


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Works on This Recording

1. Agincourt Carol by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval  
2. Angelus ad Virginem by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; England 
3. Nowel Sing We by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval  
4. Now Wolde y Fayne by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval  
5. Pray for Us by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval  
Written: England 
6. Do Way Robin - Sancta mater gratiae by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Renaissance  
Written: England 
7. Perspice Christicola by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
8. Stella maris nuncuparis by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval  
Written: England 
9. O Maria, virgo pia by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval 
10. Virgo pudicicie by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
11. Gabriel fram heven-king by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1290; England 
12. Lullay, Lullow by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval  
Written: England 
13. O sponsa dei electa by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1350; England 
14. There Is No Rose by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Renaissance  
Written: England 
15. Singularis et insignis by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval  
Written: England 
16. Do Way Robin - Sancta mater gratiae by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Renaissance  
Written: England 
Notes: (Repeated performance) 
17. Cormacus scripsit by Anonymous
Performer:  Ludwin Bernaténé (Percussion), Paulin Bündgen (Countertenor), Nolwenn Le Guern (Viola Da Gamba),
Clara Coutouly (Soprano), Anne Delafosse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paulin Bündgen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Céladon
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1175; Ireland 

Sound Samples

Agincourt Carol [AECD1218]: Agincourt Carol
Angelus ad virginem [AECD1218]: Angelus ad virginem
Nowel sing we
Now wolde y fayne
Pray for Us
Do Way Robin - Sancta mater gratiae
Perspice christicola
Stella maris nuncuparis
O Maria, virgo pia
Virgo pudicicie
Gabriel fram Heven-King
Lullay, Lullow
O sponsa dei electa
There Is No Rose [AECD1218]: There Is No Rose
Singularis et insignis
Do Way Robin - Sancta mater gratiae
Cormacus scripsit

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