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Bele Marie: Conduits Et Chansons De L'ars Antiqua

Anonymous 4
Release Date: 06/09/2015 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 507312   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousPérotin
Performer:  Jacqueline HornerJohanna RoseMarsha GenenskySusan Hellauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


When you've got a good thing going, why mess around with it? That seems to be the philosophy that's guided this amazing quartet to an unbroken string of 10 highly acclaimed recordings--and you can add this one to the list. Sure, the group replaced one of its original members a couple of years ago, but you'd be hard pressed to hear any difference in the ensemble's patented tonally clear, impeccably tuned, "like-one-voice" quality. And you certainly can't find much if anything to fault regarding vocal technique, interpretation, or effective translation of theory and scholarship into practice. No, these four women have found an ideal niche and never have varied from the very highest standard
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This new recording features "Songs to the Virgin from 13th-century France", and in typical fashion the group has not only carefully culled the repertoire from original manuscript sources (from France and, in two instances, from the Codex de Las Huelgas in Spain), but also in its performances utilizes current linguistic research into pronunciation of both French and French Latin from the early 13th century. The music ranges from mono- and polyphonic conductus to several solo chansons. All but one of the pieces are anonymously composed, a monophonic conductus by Perotin being the exception. Fans of Anonymous 4 will be right at home with the chant styles and the songs (each of the singers takes a solo turn in the four chansons), enjoying that familiar "one voice" quality in the unison pieces and the exciting interplay of lines in the more complex and lively selections. Is the group's sound just a bit mellower and slightly darker than in years past? Perhaps, if you listen very carefully, you'll notice a few more shades of color have been added to these singers' usual bright, primary hues. And, if the past is any guide, no one who listens to these four women sing will be listening casually--the voices are just too compelling and the music too beautiful to do otherwise. The Harmonia Mundi recording team also has done just a few things right with this ensemble over the years, and they do it again here. When you've got a good thing going. . .
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
O maria, o felix puerpera by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Pia mater gratie by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
De la mere au sauveor by Anonymous
Performer:  Jacqueline Horner (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
O Maria virginei by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1300; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Verbum bonum et suavi by Anonymous
Performer:  Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Ave Maria salus hominum by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Mainte chançon ai fait by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Ave Maria, gratia plena by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Beata viscera by Pérotin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1200; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Mundum renovavit by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Jacqueline Horner (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Je te pri de cuer par amors by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Salve sancta parens by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1350; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Serena virginum by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
De la tres douce Marie by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: French 
15.
Ave virgo virginum by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
Mater patris et filia by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
17.
Ave, nobilis, venerabilis by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Christian Brother's Retreat, Napa, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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