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Miracles Of Compostela - Codex Calixtinus / Anonymous 4


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 507156   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth CunninghamSusan HellauerMarsha GenenskyJohanna Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Plain-chant et polyphonies du Codex Dalixtinus. Since the late twelfth century, the Cathedral of Santiago in Campostela has possessed a manuscript entitled Jacobus (or Codex Calixtinus). How it found its way to Compostela is not known for certain, but it is undoubtedly a French product, probably compiled or written in Cluny around 1150. Although they represent a mere ten percent of the music in Jacobus, the polyphonic works have received attention from scholars because they are among the earliest such pieces to have been written down. But the notation in Jacobus is ambiguous as to rhythm and meter, as well as to alignment of pitches between the voice parts in the polyphony....

R E V I E W S:

"How can we
Read more keep finding different words to describe such richly beautiful singing.....We are led on a path not only of musical enlightenment, but we are brought awesomely close to the spiritual essence of these impassioned yet often simple works of religious devotion."
-- CD Review

Exquisite collection, recorded with spine-tingling resonance."
-- Stereo Review

Here are 21 short pieces from the Codex Calixtinus. The home of the late 12th century Codex is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on the Atlantic seaboard of North-West Spain. One of three great centres of pilgrimage, this place occupies a crucial position in the European Middle Ages. The Codex comprises plainchant much of which is for the Vigil and Feast of St James. This devotional music is heard in editions prepared by these singers and is sung with the usual pristine vocal purity associated with The Anonymous 4 (Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, Johanna Maria Rose). Notable among these pieces is the melisma of the Benedicamus Trope and Ad sepulchrum (trs. 5 and 7). The frictionless ascents demanded in Cunctipotens genitor are confidently accomplished by a quartet of voices that always sounds as if it is an ensemble of at least four times that size. A fresh tone of innocence appears in Gratulantes celebremus festante (tr. 16) - very enjoyable too, complete with trilled delays and echoes. A special serenity radiates from Portum in ultimo (tr. 19).

The liner notes are by Susan Hellauer, one of the Anonymous 4.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Venite omnes cristicole by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Salve festa dies by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Vox nostra resonet by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Regem regum Dominum - Venite exsultemus by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Nostra phalanx plaudat leta by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Ad sepulcrum beati Iacobi by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
7.
Ad superni regis decus by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
8.
Iacobe servorum by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Benedicamus Domino by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1200 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
In hac die laudes by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
11.
Conctipotens genitor by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12.
Psallat chorus celestium by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Alleluia Gratulemur et letemur by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
14.
Ascendens Ihesus in montem by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15.
Qui pius ac mitis by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
16.
Gratulantes celebremus festum by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
17.
Iacobe sancte tuum by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
18.
O adiutor omnium seculorum by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
19.
Partum in ultimo by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
20.
Congaudeant catholici by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
21.
Clemens servulorum gemitus tuorum by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Benedicamus trope: Vox nostra resonet
Responsory: O adiutor omnium seculorum

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