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Marriage Of Heaven & Hell - Motets & Songs / Gothic Voices


Release Date: 03/20/2007 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55273   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousBlondel de NesleColin MusetBernart de Ventadorn,   ... 
Performer:  Rogers Covey-CrumpChristopher PageMargaret PhilpotLeigh Nixon
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As always with Gothic Voices, this is not just a wonderful collection of mellifluously sung medieval music but a superb introduction to a repertory and its cultural context. The picture on the front shows a young cleric torn between the influences of scripture and dance, influences that are in many ways compatible but were often seen as mutually contradictory. Certainly the motets of thirteenthcentury France offer a bizarre meeting point for secular and sacred techniques: their density of statement and material put them among the strangest pieces in the history of music. That provides the basis for Christopher Page's exemplary note and his introductions to the pieces.

There is no need to rehearse again the standards of
Read more ensemble, balance, tuning, textual clarity and rhythmic judgement for which Gothic Voices are now famous. They can be taken for granted, though some people may wish that more performances had the sharp-edged approach of the opening motet. Sometimes the carefully placed dissonances receive less than their full value; but those can be heard on several other recordings of similar repertory: what you get here is the elegance and the flow without any loss of individuality among the voices. In fact I think that the way in which the chant-based tenor controls these works has not previously been so clearly audible.

Famously, the thirteenth-century motet has two or three different texts running simultaneously; and sometimes they make a coherent whole when run together in sequence. So in several motets here the individual lines are sung separately before they are assembled. Some seem to make little sense when heard alone: my guess would be that this kind of approach did happen in the thirteenth century, but not usually without the tenor, which gives the necessary framework for understanding the line.

On the other hand, what this record shows is how closely allied the motet lines are to those of the monophonic Trouvère songs. Christopher Page's note stresses the differences between the two; but what you hear are many similarities in line, phrasing and particularly tonal structure. Which is, I suppose, to say that the record can be enjoyed on at least three levels: sheer pleasure at the lusciously sung sensuous music; an excellent introduction to a repertory that is too seldom heard; and a thought-provoking juxtaposition of works that pose important questions about musical invention. And in those ways it is a remarkable addition to the distinguished series of records from Gothic Voices.

-- Gramophone [12/1990]
reviewing the original release of this title, Hyperion 66423
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Works on This Recording

1.
Je ne chant pas/Talens m'est pris by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
2.
Trois sereurs/Trois sereurs/Trois sereurs by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
3.
De la virge Katerine/Quant froidure/Agmina milicie by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
4.
Ave parens/Ad gratie by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: Latin 
5.
Super te Jerusalem/Sed fulsit virginitas by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
6.
A vous douce debonnaire by Anonymous
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
7.
En non Dieu/Quant voi la rose by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
8.
Je m'en vois/Tels a mout by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Page (Harp)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
9.
Festa januaria by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
10.
En tous tans que vente bise by Blondel de Nesle
Performer:  Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
11.
Trop volontiers chanteroie by Colin Muset
Performer:  Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
12.
Can vei le lauzta mover by Bernart de Ventadorn
Performer:  Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
13.
Plus bele que flors/Quant revient/L'autrier joer/Flos filius by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
14.
Par un martinet/Hé, sire!/Hé, bergier! by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
15.
Mout souvent/Mout ai esté en douleur by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
16.
Quant voi l'aloete/Diex! je ne m'en partiré ja by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
17.
Autres que je ne suel fas, R 376 by Gautier de Dargies
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Language: French 

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