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Legends Of St. Nicholas / Anonymous 4


Release Date: 09/07/1999 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907232   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousSaint Godric
Performer:  Marsha GenenskyRuth CunninghamSusan HellauerJohanna Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available in the specially-priced boxed-set, Noël - Carols & Chants For Christmas / Anonymous 4


Most people think of St. Nicholas as a jolly old elf who brings presents to children on Christmas eve. But there was a real St. Nicholas, born in what is now Turkey around the year 300, an orphan who inherited great wealth and gave it away to the poor, and who, as a church leader performed miracles and many acts of protective heroism in defense of his congregation. The legends, some of which are quite strange and even bizarre, began 500 years after his death. Eventually a cult arose to honor his
Read more life and works, leading to yearly celebrations on December 6, the supposed day of his death. During the 9th and 10th centuries, tributes to certain saints were added to the Roman liturgy; among the most popular subjects was St. Nicholas. It is from this Liturgy of St. Nicholas and from the many hymns, responsories, and polyphonic motets associated with this revered figure that the inimitable female quartet Anonymous 4 formed this beautiful program. If you've heard these singers before, you know--and expect--that they will perform an impeccably polished, perfectly blended, sensitively expressive, thoroughly researched, and intelligently organized concert, and there's absolutely nothing here that will disappoint you. Among the selections are texts taken from The Gilte Legende, a medieval source of St. Nicholas stories, which the ensemble has set to music chosen from Middle English song and chant. A highlight is the sweet little medieval English song, "Sainte nicholaes", one of the oldest of its kind, and a perfect gem of melody and simple, sparkling harmony, treated to the most sensitive ensemble singing you'll ever hear.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Intonent hodie by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
2.
Exsultemus et laetemur by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
3.
Gaudens in domino by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
4.
Seint Nicholas was borne in the citee of Patras by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Ruth Cunningham (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
5.
Confessor dei nicholaus by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Ruth Cunningham (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
6.
Cantu miro summa laude by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
7.
St Nicholas by Saint Godric
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
8.
Whanne the bisshop of the citee of Myre deied by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
9.
Nicholai Presulis by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
10.
Cum quidam fluctuantia by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
11.
Novus presul prodiit by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
12.
All the province of Seint Nicholas suffered... by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
13.
Paudat letitia by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
14.
A worschipfull man hadde thre doughtres virgines by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
15.
Fulget nicolaus by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
16.
Ex eius tumba/Sospitati dedit egros by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
17.
And whanne oure Lorde lust to take Seint Nicholas... by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
18.
Psallat chorus celestium by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
19.
Nicholae Presulum by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
20.
Nicholaus pontifex by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Anonymous 4 
21.
Salve cleri speculum/Salve iubar presulum by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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