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Christmas Music From Medieval Hungary / Anonymous 4


Release Date: 09/11/2001 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 3957139   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha GenenskyJohanna RoseSusan HellauerRuth Cunningham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available in the specially-priced boxed-set, Noël - Carols & Chants For Christmas / Anonymous 4

"This latest disc from Anonymous 4 is a selection of liturgical and paraliturgical Christmas pieces, taken from medieval Hungarian sources. Most are monophonic, but there is a modest sprinkling of simple polyphonic pieces for two, three and four voices. The charm of the performance lies in its unpretentious, almost childlike simplicity – suggested, maybe, by the delightful extracts from the Christmas story as quoted in the notes. These extracts come from the “Peasants’ Bible” – Paraszbiblia: Magyar Nepi Biblikus Tortenetek – which
Read more contains Bible stories retold in simple language, with homely, imaginative details and an atmosphere of fairy-tale.

The classic liturgical pieces, which include the Introit Dum medium silentium, the splendid Gradual Speciosa forma, and others, are heard in a version which tends to use the pentatonic scale, thus avoiding both B natural and B flat. The sung readings are impressive with their polyphonic settings. I enjoyed the rich Genealogy (Liber generationis) with its beautifully constructed and compelling melody. Some of the vernacular pieces, as well as the Latin song for New Year’s Day, have a regular ternary rhythm. The Hungarian Te Deum (which appeared in an earlier recording by the Schola Hungarica on Quintana) offers an interesting alternative for the concluding verses: it simply transposes the original theme up a fourth.

This CD should be high on every shopping list of Christmas presents for friends."

-- Mary Berry, GRAMOPHONE from review of original release HM 907139
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ave spes nostra by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Ruth Cunningham (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Mi aryánk Atya Isten by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Hungarian 
3.
Veni Domine by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Ruth Cunningham (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
O mundi Domina by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Fuit Virgo by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Vox clara, ecce, intonat by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Omnes unanimiter by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Dum medium silentium by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Primo tempore by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Speciosus forma by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Novum decus oritur by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Letentur celi by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Jube, domne. Salvator noster by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Lord hath latterly by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Hungarian 
15.
Novus annus adiit by Anonymous
Performer:  Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
Exulta satis filia Sion by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Ruth Cunningham (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 0 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
17.
Liber Generationis secondum Matthaeum by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Ruth Cunningham (Soprano), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: Croatia (Republic of 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 11 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18.
Gaude et laetare by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Ruth Cunningham (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19.
Exordium quadruplate by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice),
Ruth Cunningham (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
20.
Te Deum laudamus by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Ruth Cunningham (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Hungarian 

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