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Creator Of The Stars - Christmas Music From Earlier Times / Pomerium


Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 449819   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousChristian ErbachOrlando de LassusJosquin Des Préz,   ... 
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S:

"From the first note, the listener is transported, like the stars, to the heavens." -- François Tousignant, L'ACTUALITÉ (Montreal)[12, 1997]

"I guide you with confidence to Creator of the Stars: Christmas Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance [Archiv 4498192], a sublime recording by New York's Pomerium under the direction of the ever-adventurous Alexander Blachly. The disc explores various aspects of the Christmas story with music familiar and unfamiliar, always treated in a unique way.... I must make special note of the inclusion of a wonderful motet by Cipriano de Rore (c.1515-1565), Quem vidistis pastores a 7. First we are presented with a 12th-century plainchant
Read more version of the tune, and then to de Rore'sx unspeakably beautiful motet about the shepherds and the angels. Listen to how perfectly the voices mix, and you will hear why I think Pomerium is the finest ensemble performing this music today." -- Craig Zeichner, Early Music America [Winter 1998-99]

"We are hearing angelic voices, one might well exclaim upon hearing this Christmas anthology. And might then respond with fervor: Let us rejoice in honor of the blessed...Pomerium...this ensemble, though founded in 1972, is unquestionably set to become all the rage in the early-music marketplace; one can say without any reservation whatever that it attains here a level of dazzling artistic quality.
This disc...presents a vast anthology of Christmas works from the 15th and 16th centuries in the liturgical context of Gregorian chant. The diversity of the program is learnedly reduced to a unity which finds its essence in plainchant. In this way Blachly puts his finger on the rich tradition of polyphony which indeed constitutes a veritable historic chain from Ockeghem and Du Fay up to the precursors of Bach.
An interesting perspective, rarely proposed, and completely convincing, thanks to an admirable interpretation: sumptuous vocal timbres, suppleness and dynamicism of rhythm, clarity of diction, and especially the poetry and charm of an extremely unified choir which seems to have a passionate predilection for the polyphony of the 15th century.
Finally, we salute a musicologically exemplary package (sources, translations, liturgical considerations) with a remarkable iconographical aspect: there are angels by Dürer and Memling which transport us to the acoustical clouds, closer to the "creator of the stars" and to the music. . . ." -- Jean-François Goudesenne, DIAPASON (France) [11, 1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
In dulci jubilo ŕ 2 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
2.
Resonet in laudibus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1470 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
3.
Resonet in laudibus ŕ 4 by Christian Erbach
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
4.
Resonet in laudibus, motet for 5 voices, M. vii (S. iii/148) by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1569; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
5.
Preter rerum seriem by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
6.
Praeter rerum seriem by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
7.
Conditor alme siderum by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  The Grotto Church of Notre Dame, NYC 
Language: Latin 
8.
Puer natus est ŕ 4 by William Byrd
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
9.
O Sapientia by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
10.
Magnificat secundi toni ŕ 5 by William Horwood
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
11.
O Sapientia ŕ 5 by Robert Ramsey
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
12.
Quem vidistis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
13.
Quem vidistis pastores ŕ 7 by Cypriano de Rore
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
14.
Alma Redemptoris mater by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
15.
Alma redemptoris Mater by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
16.
Reges Tharsis et insulae ŕ 4 by William Byrd
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
17.
In dulci jubilo ŕ 2 by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
18.
In dulci jubilo ŕ 3 by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 
19.
In dulci jubilo ŕ 4 by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Alexander Blachly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pomerium Musices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Corpus Christi Church, New York City 
Language: Latin 

Featured Sound Samples

In dulci jubilo a 4 (Praetorius)
Resonet in laudibus (Lassus)

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