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Notker Balbulus

Ordo Virtutum / Morent
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Christophorus   Catalog #: 77341   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousNotker Balbulus
Performer:  Stefan Johannes MorentJörg RiegerDaniel SchreiberAlexander Yudenkov,   ... 
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



NOTKER BALBULUS Sequences and Tropes Stefan Johannes Morent, dir; Ens Ordo Virtutum CHRISTOPHORUS CHR 77341 (59:36 Text and Translation)


Gregorian chant is generally regarded as an anonymous body of liturgical music, the most famous name disproving this being Hildegard of Bingen. Yet Thomas F. Kelly compiled a long list of individuals who have been credited as composers of chant, and Christopher Page published a shorter list in his recent book. Only a few of the names they Read more listed have ever appeared on records, and seldom as prominently as Notker Balbulus (c.840–912) is displayed on the cover of this new disc. Two of these sequences were credited to him on a Swiss LP made at Einsiedeln in 1964, and he is mentioned occasionally on other discs. Notker the Stammerer (shades of Academy Award movies!) was a monk of St. Gall, the influential Swiss monastery (secularized in 1798, the abbey church is now a cathedral). Its library is largely intact, the medieval manuscripts now being digitized and made available to scholars on the Web (more than 400 have been done so far). His obituary credits him with composing sequences, and he compiled a group of them as Liber hymnorum . His authorship of tropes is more problematic, for no collection survives, and the tropes heard here may come from him or another monk of his circle.


Stefan Johannes Morent made another chant record for Christophorus recently ( Fanfare 33:4). This new disc is even better for the attention it focuses on one of the most prominent names of the high Middle Ages. It includes five sequences and four introit tropes. There are also two alleluia verses related to sequences. To represent alleluia melodies that are found textless in the margins of St. Gall manuscripts, three of them are played here instrumentally. The oddest track is the Ludwigslied , an Old High German song for the West Frankish King Louis III, who won a victory over the Normans at Saucourt in 881, the year before he died at the age of 18. The text has been widely known, but the melody heard here is a reconstruction. While the event falls within Notker’s lifetime, the song seems to fit poorly in this program. On the whole, this is a well-considered and well-focused program of chant that specialists will be grateful for.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Alleluia. Dies sanctificatus by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Stefan Johannes Morent (), Jörg Rieger (Voice)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Natus ante saecula, sequence by Notker Balbulus
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (), Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Alleluia! Dies Sanctificatus by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (), Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4.
Sederunt principes, gradual by Anonymous
Performer:  Daniel Schreiber (Voice), Alexander Yudenkov (Voice), Stefan Johannes Morent (),
Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Gaude Maria virgo, sequence by Notker Balbulus
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (), Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Hodie clarissimam by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Jorg Deutschewitz (Voice), Jörg Rieger (Voice),
Stefan Johannes Morent ()
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
Ex numero frequentium, trope by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Daniel Schreiber (Voice), Stefan Johannes Morent (),
Hubert Mayer (Voice)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
8.
Spiritus Domini, introit in mode 8 (Liber Usualis, No 878b) by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Stefan Johannes Morent (), Alexander Yudenkov (Voice)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Sancti Spiritus Assit Nobis by Notker Balbulus
Performer:  Hubert Mayer (Voice), Daniel Schreiber (Voice), Alexander Yudenkov (Voice),
Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Stefan Johannes Morent ()
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Modern 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
Occidentana, sequence by Notker Balbulus
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Stefan Johannes Morent ()
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
Einan kuning weiz ih, song (Ludwigslied) by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (), Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Stefan Johannes Morent (Voice)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 9 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Romana, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Stefan Johannes Morent ()
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
Gaudeamus omnes, introit by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (), Alexander Yudenkov (Voice), Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
14.
Congaudent angelorum, sequence by Notker Balbulus
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (), Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Hubert Mayer (Voice),
Daniel Schreiber (Voice)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15.
Mater, sequence by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (), Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp)
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
16.
Iustus ut palma, alleluia for the Feast of St. Benedict by Anonymous
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Jorg Deutschewitz (Voice), Stefan Johannes Morent ()
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
17.
Dilecte deo, sequence by Notker Balbulus
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Morent (Harp), Stefan Johannes Morent ()
Conductor:  Stefan Johannes Morent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ordo Virtutum
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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