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Pilgrimage To Santiago / Pickett, New London Consort


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 4759103   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfons X (El Sabio)AnonymousMartin Codax
Performer:  Catherine BottDavid RoblouKristine SzulikStephen Henderson,   ... 
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This remarkable two-disc album is far and away the most interesting recording I have heard in recent months. Scholarly, entertaining, sometimes brilliant, at times passionately moving, it offers a spectrum of Spanish music, monophonic, polyphonic and instrumental from the twelfth to the early fourteenth century. We are led along the pilgrim way,—the Camino Frances -towards the magnificent shrine of St James 'in the Field of Stars", listening as we go to the tales of the pilgrims, to their horrendous adventures and to the miracles wrought for them by the Virgin Mary. We pause fora moment to hear a lament for King Sancho III, with its wide-ranging and beautiful mixolydian melody. At another resting-place we share the distress and longing Read more of the girl on the hill overlooking Vigo's bay as she patiently awaits a lover who will never come. Then once more we are swept along the pilgrim way by the compelling rhythm of such pieces as A Madre de Dens, or by the rollicking pace of Ben coin'aos—holding our breath an instant when the Virgin appears in a mysterious light; then onwards again, as we approach at last the shrine itself, marching this time to the sound of a genuine pilgrim's song, Dum paler familias, with high and low voices alternating.

Catherine Bott, the principal soprano, brings to her performance not only a high sense of drama, but also a confident grasp of the style required by each piece. She is able to adopt, when needed, that typical Spanish chest voice, or she can be plaintive, or passionate, or she can even resort with stunning effectiveness to speech—a low voice laden with emotion—when the music of one of the Cantigas de amigo is missing in the manuscript! The men, led by the tenor John Mark Ainsley, prefer the rich declamatory style demanded by the slower, more solemn pieces, notably Regi perennis, a gorgeous Benedicamus trope with alternating voices and organ. The rhythmic interpretation by the men of another delightful Benedicamus trope, Congaudeant catholici, is convincing and well under control.

The carved figures of the four-and-twenty Elders which adorn the Portico de la Gloria are shown in great detail, playing a whole range of medieval instruments. There is also a lively description in the Codex Calixtinus of an international gathering of music-making pilgrims, together with a list of contemporary instruments. Philip Pickett, inspired by this description and by the carvings, has brought together an impressive ensemble of instruments played by experts, both individually, and as an 'orchestra'. The instrumental accompaniments and the interludes, often the weakest part of any medieval reconstruction, are to my mind one of the strong points of this admirable recording.

-- Gramophone [7/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1. Cantigas de Santa María: no 103, Quen a virgen by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
2. Belial vocatur by Anonymous
Performer:  David Roblou (Organ), Kristine Szulik (Alto), Stephen Henderson (Bells),
Catherine Bott (Soprano), Tessa Bonner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
3. Surrexit de tumulo by Anonymous
Performer:  Stephen Henderson (Bells), David Roblou (Organ), Catherine Bott (Soprano),
Tessa Bonner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
4. Cantigas de Santa María: no 26, Non e gran causa by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
5. Ex illustri by Anonymous
Performer:  Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Catherine Bott (Soprano), Kristine Szulik (Alto)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
6. Alpha bovi/Domino by Anonymous
Performer:  Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Catherine Bott (Soprano), Stephen Henderson (Bells),
David Roblou (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
7. Plange, castella misera by Anonymous
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
8. Quis dabit capiti meo acquam by Anonymous
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
9. Rex obiit et labitur by Anonymous
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
10. O monialis concio by Anonymous
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
11. Verbum bonum et suavi by Anonymous
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano), Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano),
Kristine Szulik (Alto), Stephen Henderson (Bells), David Roblou (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
12. Agnus Dei/Regula moris by Anonymous
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano), Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano),
Stephen Henderson (Bells)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
13. Fa fa mi fa/Ut re mi ut by Anonymous
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano), Paula Chateauneuf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
14. Dum pater familias by Anonymous
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
15. Cantigas de Santa María: no 253, De grad'a Santa Maria by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
16. Annua gaudia Iacobe debita by Anonymous
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
17. Cantigas de Santa María: no 49, Ben com'aos que van per mar by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
18. Regi perhennis glorie by Anonymous
Performer:  Michael George (Baritone), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Simon Grant (Bass),
Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), David Roblou (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
19. Cantigas de Santa María: no 159, Non sofre Santa María by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
20. Cantigas de Santa María: no 175, Por dereito ten a Virgen by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
21. Nostra phalanx plaudat leta by Anonymous
Performer:  Michael George (Baritone), Simon Grant (Bass)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
22. Cantigas de Santa María: no 184, A Madre de Deus by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
23. Congaudeant catholici by Anonymous
Performer:  Simon Grant (Bass), Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Michael George (Baritone)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
24. Cantigas (7) de amigo by Martin Codax
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1230; Galicia 

Sound Samples

Cantigas de Santa Maria: Quen a Virgen ben servira
Burgos Codex de Las Huelgas 12/13th Century Iberian Manuscript: Belial Vocatur
Burgos Codex de Las Huelgas 12/13th Century Iberian Manuscript: Surrexit de tumulo
Cantigas de Santa Maria: Non e gran causa
Burgos Codex de Las Huelgas 12/13th Century Iberian Manuscript: Ex illustri
Burgos Codex de Las Huelgas 12/13th Century Iberian Manuscript: Alpha bovi/Domino
Burgos Codex de Las Huelgas 12/13th Century Iberian Manuscript: 4 Planctus
Burgos Codex de Las Huelgas 12/13th Century Iberian Manuscript: Verbum bonum et suavi
Burgos Codex de Las Huelgas 12/13th Century Iberian Manuscript: Agnus Dei/Regula moris
Burgos Codex de Las Huelgas 12/13th Century Iberian Manuscript: Fa, fa mi fa/Ut re mi ut
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Polyphony, plainchant and instrumental collection. (12/13th c): Dum pater familias
Cantigas de Santa Maria: De grad'a Santa Maria
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Polyphony, plainchant and instrumental collection. (12/13th c): Annua Gaudia
Cantigas de Santa Maria: Ben com'aos
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Polyphony, plainchant and instrumental collection. (12/13th c): Regi perennis
Cantigas de Santa Maria: Non sofre Santa Maria/Por dereito ten a Virgen
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Polyphony, plainchant and instrumental collection. (12/13th c): Nostra phalanx
Cantigas de Santa Maria: A madre de Deus
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Polyphony, plainchant and instrumental collection. (12/13th c): Congaudeant catholici
7 Cantigas d'amigo
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Polyphony, plainchant and instrumental collection. (12/13th c): Dum pater familias

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