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Chants De L'église De Rome - Périod Byzantine / Marcel Pérès, Ensemble Organum


Release Date: 10/14/2003 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951218   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anonymous
Performer:  Lycourgos AngelopoulosJosep BenetJosep CabréPhilippe Cantor,   ... 
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This record is a 'must' for anyone interested in the early development of Western music. Marcel Peres surely makes out rather too modest a case for his vivid and vigorous 'Eastern' interpretation of the Old Roman chant, shying away from any claim to authenticity and saying this attempt is "only the result of the first stage of our researches". It is a beautiful and stirring record, which makes one look forward eagerly to further fruits of his admirable work. When you come to think of it, it seems utterly appropriate that an experienced Greek cantor, with historical as well as practical knowledge of his own Byzantine chant, should be chosen as a guide to the interpretation of music dating from a period when East and West were Read more merged spiritually and culturally, when almost 50,000 monks fled from the East and came and settled in southern Italy, when 14 out of 23 popes were Greek-speaking, and when even Anglo-Saxon England had a Greek Archbishop of Canterbury.

The pieces chosen cover the liturgy for Easter Day and include three additional alleluias with Greek texts. It is fascinating to compare these chants with their later Gregorian counterparts: the structure is basically the same, but the ornamentation is entirely different. In the recording every ornament is said to be implicit in the notation and often relates as well to presentday practice in the Byzantine tradition. How much this practice may itself have been modified over the centuries is, of course, the essential question. The introduction of the ison, or modally The young Leonard Bernstein [photo: CBS controlled drone, seems entirely plausible and adds a distinctively Byzantine flavour to the whole performance.

Lysourgos Angelopoulos sings with great assurance and polish, not only the three pieces with Greek texts, but also the Hec dies. The other singers have a robust if somewhat rougher sound, but seem well able to cope with both micro-intervals and repercussion. To my mind, the most exciting piece is the Alleluia Pascha nostrum, with its multiple repetitions and unrestrained exuberance.

The extraordinary clarity of the CD, which also reveals the depth and quality of the acoustics of Saint-Michel de Provence, would certainly tempt me to buy that version of the recording, rather than the LP, when investing in such an important record as this.

-- Gramophone [10/1986]
reviewing the original release of this title, HM 401218
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Works on This Recording

1.
Alleluia Pimenon ton Israhil by Anonymous
Performer:  Lycourgos Angelopoulos (Cantor), Josep Benet (Tenor), Josep Cabré (Baritone),
Philippe Cantor (Baritone), Antoine Sicot (Bass), François Fauche (Bass)
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/1985 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed in Greek an Latin. 
2.
Resurrexi by Anonymous
Performer:  François Fauche (Bass), Antoine Sicot (Bass), Philippe Cantor (Baritone),
Josep Cabré (Baritone), Josep Benet (Tenor), Lycourgos Angelopoulos (Cantor)
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Haec dies quam fecit by Anonymous
Performer:  François Fauche (Bass), Philippe Cantor (Baritone), Josep Cabré (Baritone),
Josep Benet (Tenor), Lycourgos Angelopoulos (Cantor), Antoine Sicot (Bass)
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Length: 7 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Alleluia Pascha nostrum by Anonymous
Performer:  Lycourgos Angelopoulos (Cantor), Josep Benet (Tenor), Josep Cabré (Baritone),
Antoine Sicot (Bass), François Fauche (Bass), Philippe Cantor (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Terra tremuit et quievit by Anonymous
Performer:  François Fauche (Bass), Antoine Sicot (Bass), Josep Cabré (Baritone),
Josep Benet (Tenor), Lycourgos Angelopoulos (Cantor), Philippe Cantor (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Length: 9 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Alleluia Epi si Kyrie by Anonymous
Performer:  Josep Benet (Tenor), Lycourgos Angelopoulos (Cantor), Josep Cabré (Baritone),
François Fauche (Bass), Philippe Cantor (Baritone), Antoine Sicot (Bass)
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 
7.
Pascha nostrum by Anonymous
Performer:  Philippe Cantor (Baritone), Lycourgos Angelopoulos (Cantor), François Fauche (Bass),
Josep Cabré (Baritone), Antoine Sicot (Bass), Josep Benet (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Alleluia O Kirioc keba kyleocen by Anonymous
Performer:  François Fauche (Bass), Philippe Cantor (Baritone), Antoine Sicot (Bass),
Josep Cabré (Baritone), Lycourgos Angelopoulos (Cantor), Josep Benet (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
Written: 8th Century; Byzantium 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Greek and Latin. 

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