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Music For Candlemas - Gregorian Chant & Early Polyphony

Release Date: 09/19/2000 
Label:  Passacaille   Catalog #: 932   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trigon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Trigon is a female vocal trio that specializes in "the study and performance of medieval music." This young group came together while studying early music at a conservatory in the Netherlands and went on to win first prize at the International Young Artist's Presentation Early Music in Antwerp in 1998. When you hear them, you can understand why they won the prize--and you also have to appreciate the highly developed sense of style and vocal/technical expertise that they show, especially for such youthful musicians. If you're reminded of Anonymous 4, you'd certainly not be alone, for these three women--Margot Kalse, Penny Turner, and Jos Somsen--have a unity of phrasing and overall expressive nuance that aspires to the level of their more Read more renowned colleagues; but their tone is somewhat darker, a little farther back in the throat, and the interpretive style in the melismas is freer in its use of altered tones (little slides and "bends") that really add excitement and surprising moments of stark, vibrant color. The music comes from a 13th-century manuscript and its liturgical purpose is the feast of Candlemas--a celebration on February 2nd that has to do with the purification of the Virgin Mary, the presentation of Jesus in the temple, and a procession prior to the mass itself with lighted candles. Trigon makes every effort to establish a context for the music it performs, and tries to present it in a manner that as much as possible strips away modern stylistic influences in order to seek an empathetic connection with those who originally sang it. There's nothing overtly mystical about this; rather, it's based on meticulous scholarship--really looking at the early manuscripts and contemporaneous writings--and, in performance, trying to make the music sound as fresh and alive as it would have to its earliest listeners. Not only do these three singers go a long way to accomplish this, but their recording debut suggests a promising future. The sound, from a church in Siran, France, is ideal--just the right amount of decay to allow several successive notes to blend and shimmer in the chants but not so much that we lose detail in the polyphonic pieces.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Gregorian Chant(s) by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trigon
Period: Medieval 
Language: Latin 

Customer Reviews

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 A poor example and interpretation of Gregorian ch January 29, 2013 By Richard C. (Fairfield, CT) See All My Reviews "Everything I have purchased from Archive has been splendid--except for Music for Candlemas. I bought the CD because of my interest in chant and my fondness for the particular feast of Candlemas. To say I was disappointed by the performance on this CD is an understatement. There are different ways to perform chant, but the eccentric rhythms and the annoying mispronunciation of the Latin make it difficult to hear the essence of the chant. I would never buy another CD by this chant group." Report Abuse
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