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Gesange Zur Ersten Vesper / Renner, Heinrich Isaac Ensemble


Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  Christophorus   Catalog #: 146   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHANTS OF THE CISTERCIANS Hans-Georg Renner, dir; Heinrich-Isaac-Ens Karlsruhe CHRISTOPHORUS 146 (47:54 Text and Translation)


This was Christophorus 77199 (not reviewed), an unusual collection of chants taken from the 12th-century Cistercian revision of the repertoire that is usually recorded by monks of the order. Secular ensembles seldom take up these chants (Ensemble Venance Fortunat, 21:4, is one of the few, Ensemble Organum, 16:1, is another) because the Cistercian effort to reform the readings of the many Read more chant manuscripts to establish a uniform practice throughout the order constituted “a major recasting of the repertory,” in David Hiley’s words. He used such terms as “editorial interference” to describe various efforts to correct the variant readings of the sources. The Cistercian books were reprinted around the turn of the 20th century, prompted by the Solesmes restoration but not subservient to it. “Modal unity” (another of Hiley’s phrases) was the excuse for placing many of the chants in the Cistercian edition in a different mode than in the Solesmes edition, even though the chants are evidently descended from a common origin. Chrysogonus Waddell, a monk of Gethsemani who died a few months ago, was the leading American scholar in this field.


This program is First Vespers for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin (September 8). Unlike some chant recordings of the Office, the four psalms are sung complete, framed by their antiphons, followed by the capitulum, hymn, Magnificat (also complete), concluding prayers, and Salve regina . The chants have been prepared from medieval sources, and the calm, sensitive singing is worthy of the best monks’ choirs enhanced by the professional training of this ensemble. This is really one of the finer recordings of Vespers in any tradition, and at a lower price it is hard to resist.


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Works on This Recording

1. Deus in adiutorium, Domine ad adjuvandum me by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 8 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Sancta Maria by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
3. Dixit Dominus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
4. Haec est Regina virginum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Laudate, pueri, Dominum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
6. Beata Dei Genitrix Maria by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. Laetus sum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
8. Virgo prudentissima by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
10. Ego quasi vitis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Beata progenies by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1400 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
12. Ave maris stella by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Nativitas est hodie by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
14. Nativitas tua by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15. Magnificat anima mea Dominum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
16. Kyrie by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Greek 
17. Pater noster by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
18. Famulis tuis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Language: Latin 
19. Salve Regina [Medieval] by Anonymous
Conductor:  Hans Georg Renner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heinrich Isaac Ensemble Karlsruhe
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Catholic Parish Church, Endingen 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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