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Music For A King: The Winchester Troper

Ensemble Discantus / Lesne
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Aeon   Catalog #: 1436   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousBeneventan ChantPierre ChepelovJoel Rust
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On Easter Day in the year 1043, King Edward the Confessor was crowned in Winchester Cathedral. Nearly 10 centuries later, the six women's voices of Discantus bring back to life the nascent polyphonies that were being written at the time in England: between Gregorian chant and organized two-part pieces, here we are at the beginnings of counterpoint and the practice of discantus (descant). These compositions are drawn from the Winchester Tropary, one of the most fabulous musical testimonies of the era, with most of the pieces selected centered on the Paschal period. In mirror are inserted, like two shimmering stained-glass windows framed in the Romanesque stone, two compositions from today, commissioned by the ensemble on texts excerpted from Read more Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy (c.524). These works, by two young composers - a Frenchman (Pierre Chépélov, born 1979) and a Briton (Joel Rust, born 1989) -, extend the musical exchanges that existed between the great island and the continent throughout the Middle Ages. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pascha nostrum, alleluia by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Laus honor / Pascha nostrum, communion chant with trope by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Firmetur manus tua, antiphon by Anonymous
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Postquam factus homo by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century 
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Doxa en ipsistis by Beneventan Chant
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Alleluia / Rex in aeternum by Anonymous
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7.
Prome casta contio carmina by Anonymous
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
8.
O redemptor summe carmen by Anonymous
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Miserere Domine by Anonymous
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
10.
Christus vincit by Anonymous
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11.
O qui perpetua, for voices by Pierre Chepelov
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12.
Sunt etenim pennae, for voices by Joel Rust
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Église Évangélique Allemande, Paris, Fra 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Alleluia V (arr. S. Rankin): Alleluia V: Pascha nostrum - Epulemur (arr. S. Rankin)
Laus, honor, virtus (arr. S. Rankin)
O qui perpetua mundum ratione gubernas
Firmetur manus tua (arr. S. Rankin)
Postquam factus homo (arr. S. Rankin)
Doxa en ipsistis (arr. S. Rankin)
Sunt etenim pennae volucres mihi: (arr. S. Rankin)
Alleluia (arr. S. Rankin)
Prome casta contio carmina (arr. S. Rankin)
O redemptor summe Carmen (arr. S. Rankin)
Miserere domine (arr. S. Rankin)
Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat (arr. S. Rankin)

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