Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is boisterous good fun, Christmas cheer performed with tremendous verve, well calculated to produce the 'medieval sound' that goes with Christmas trees, holly and mistletoe.
...Twenty years earlier [then Sequentia's recordings of this repertoire], Konrad Ruhland's approach is totally different: the melody instruments merely doubling the tune and those accompanying simply reiterating obvious patterns. This, too, would seem perfectly justifiable-especially for a more popular type of repertoire, which is exactly what we have in the Christmas Cantiones from the Moosburg Graduale of 1360.
"Christmas", the Ruhland remastering (though not entirely restricted to that season), was well worth the
effort. It is all boisterous good fun. Christmas cheer performed with tremendous verve, well calculated to produce the 'medieval sound' that goes with Christmas trees, holly and mistletoe. It is nearly all in 6/8 and there is a lot of major mode, and it includes such famous items as Resonet in laudibus: you know the sort of popular repertoire. It's just the sort of CD that one needs as background music for the office Christmas drinks party. Sadly, no texts are given, but, luckily for us, the singers do articulate extremely well.
-- Gramophone [12/1997]
Works on This Recording
Moosburger Graduale by Anonymous
Munich Capella Antiqua
Written: by 1360
Date of Recording: 1977-79
Venue: Bavaria, Germany
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