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Sumer Is Icumen In - Medieval English Songs / Hillier, Hilliard Ensemble


Release Date: 05/14/2002 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951154   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousSaint Godric
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I take it that this is aimed at a rather wider public than most records of medieval music. Sumer is icumen in opens the first side and closes it as well, this time in its Latin version, Perspice christicola. The second side also begins and ends with the same piece, Campanis cum cymbalis, which is a similar kind of thing only with slightly more musical substance.

But that's just the market hype. In between there is a well presented and serious contribution to the picture of medieval music in England. The songs of St Godric are given a spacious and evocative performance, sensibly divided among the soloists; and the lament Stond wel moder is sung antiphonally between Paul Hillier and John Potter, very much to the benefit of the
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In addition there are several significant works that are rarely heard. The three Mass movements from—to give it its current jargon title—the eleventh fascicle of WI are among the earliest securely transcribable polyphonic works from this country. They may be relatively simple compared with the continental repertory that precedes them in the manuscript, but they have a fine individual flavour and are eloquently sung.

Nevertheless the most exciting new works here are from nearer 1300. Perhaps the Alleluya—Nativitas attains less than its true stature because the singers seem unaware of the problems inherent in its 6/8 style: in a repertory where almost all has this metre it is surely important to concentrate on melodic and rhythmic fluidity, otherwise it becomes oppressive. But the beautiful Mater ora filium receives a wonderfully melting performance and Gaude virgo mater Christi also works well.

The important issue includes full texts as well as Paul Hillier's perceptive commentary on each of the pieces.

-- Gramophone [5/1986]
reviewing the original release of this title
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sumer is icumen in by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1240; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Sainte Marië viërgenë by Saint Godric
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Crist and Saint Marië by Saint Godric
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
St Nicholas by Saint Godric
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
Fuwëles in the frith by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Sancte Dei preciose by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1100; Canterbury, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Alleluia V Nativitas by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Kyrie "Rex Virginum" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1270; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Sanctus: Maria Mater by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1270; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Factus Homo by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1270; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Perspice Christicola by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Campanis cum cymbalis/Honoremus dominam by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection appears twice on this recording. 
13.
Mater ora filium by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Edi be thu, heven-queenë by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1270; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Worldes blisse by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
16.
Valde mane diluculo by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
17.
Gabriel fram heven-king by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1290; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
18.
Stond wel moder by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1280; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
19.
Ovet mundus laetabundus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
20.
Gaude virgo mater Christi by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
Venue:  St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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