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Impermanence / Lorelei Ensemble


Release Date: 09/28/2018 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92226  
Composer:  AnonymousToru TakemitsuPeter GilbertGuillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Migration of peoples across borders has shaped the human experience for millennia. While securing permanent shelter—a home—has become a goal for the majority of individuals in our world, migration remains one of our main strategies for survival. Today, tens of millions of individuals live a nomadic lifestyle as hunter gatherers or pastoralists. Pilgrims seek moral or spiritual significance through extended physical journeys. Immigrants and refugees seek freedom, stability, and safety in a new community or country. Whether physical or metaphysical, humanity survives by way of continuous movement—our culture, beliefs, and histories are marked by impermanence. Music functions as a container of meaning, a vehicle we have used for centuries to Read more express and grapple with the ineffable. We want to capture music—to write it down with a notation that clearly defines and preserves our musical ideas for generations to come. Yet, we have struggled to create a collection of symbols that can fully express our intentions—intentions that go far beyond pitch and rhythm. With this evolution came an ever-expanding musical vocabulary, new levels of complexity, and an increased desire to prescribe performance practices with the pen. But music resists this containment—the possibilities precede and outlast the technology that seeks to write them down. The repertoire on this album is rife with symbolism and metaphor that further teases out concepts of impermanence, migration, and the transient nature of musical language. From the wordless vocalises of Takemitsu’s Windhorse depicting Tibetan nomads, to the 12th century polyphony of the Codex Calixtinus sung by pilgrims traveling along the Camino de Santiago, to the dramatic shifts of polyphonic style seen in the 15th century motets of Du Fay and the Turin Manuscript, to Peter Gilbert’s contemporary meditation on the phases of the moon—temporality is a common and unmistakable thread Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Codex Calixtinus: Portum in ultimo by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Spain 
2.
Wind Horse: Vocalise No. 1 by Toru Takemitsu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Japan 
3.
Tsukimi by Peter Gilbert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Rite maiorem Jacobi by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
5.
Pour ce que point fu de la amere espine / A toi vierge me represente by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
6.
O proles Hispaniae, cantilena motet for 4 voices by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1450 
7.
O sidus Hispaniae by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
8.
Qui patris atris honoris / Paraclite spiritus by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
9.
Par grant soif clere fontainne / Dame de tout pris by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
10.
Flos florum by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
11.
Sanctus in eternis/Sanctus et ingenitus by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1400; Cyprus 
12.
Apostolo glorioso by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1426; France 
13.
Wind Horse: Vocalise No. 2 by Toru Takemitsu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorelei Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Japan 

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