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1000 - A Mass For The End Of Time / Anonymous 4


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907224   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha GenenskySusan HellauerJohanna RoseJacqueline Horner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


As all of us truly informed Julian calendar-ites know, the real millennium doesn't begin until January, 2001, and obviously that was the thinking behind releasing this millennium-themed recording now instead of last fall. Remarkably, the historical period and European-Christian perspective that imbues the music on this disc rings familiar – almost uncomfortably so – in its similarity to our own time and collective human concerns. Where in the 10th century the so-called civilized world was rife with war, political intrigue, and social conflict, we must admit that we haven't progressed very far. Where we now have the capability to destroy the entire planet without supernatural help, the
Read more medieval world was equally focused on apocalyptic consequences, only it was centered around the cataclysmic events preceding the Last Judgment as ordained by God's master plan for humankind. And where today we have many who boldly prophecy the exact date of the world's end, so did medieval societies, where symbols perhaps meant even more than now, as church and lay people similarly wrestled with dates, times, and places, and urged Christians toward preparedness and unbelievers toward salvation. The Christian church always has (wisely) kept matters of "the last days" and the afterlife at the forefront of the liturgy, official prayers, and celebrations throughout the church year. Advent and Ascension are two of the more obvious occasions for such a focus, and the inimitable foursome known as Anonymous 4 has chosen music from the Ascension mass – derived from various turn-of-the-millennium sources – for its latest recording.

No doubt this disc will accompany all of the other releases by this phenomenal quartet – phenomenal in every sense of the word – among the classics of programming, exemplary vocalism, and minimalist production techniques. While in some areas of music consistency is neither a virtue nor a key to commercial survival, in the case of Anonymous 4, its absolute devotion to a particular repertoire – medieval chant and polyphony – and vocal style – the purest, most natural, unadorned unity of sound – has made it arguably the most successful and popular early music group ever. No one who knows this ensemble's work during the past 10 years will be the slightest bit disappointed by this beautifully conceived and executed program – complete with processional hymn, Ordinary and Proper chants (many with tropes, or musical/textual extensions), and with added improvised polyphony where appropriate. The music is entirely solemn and serious in tone – no dancing chants here – which is consistent with the mass' functional aspect, but the perfectly joined unisons and vibrant open intervals create a sense of life and presence that transcends all physical standards of measurement. Whether the true millennium is this year or next – and whether the Last Judgment comes sooner or later – just make sure you hear this disc before it's too late.

– David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Iudicii signum by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Jacqueline Horner (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Viri Galilei by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: "Elevatus est rex fortis" [trope] 
3.
Mass for Ascension Day: Kyrie "Celestis terrestrisque" by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Mass for Ascension Day: Gloria "Prudentia prudentium" by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Jacqueline Horner (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Dominus in sina by Anonymous
Performer:  Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Ascendens Christus by Anonymous
Performer:  Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Salvator mundi/Rex omnipotens die hodierna by Anonymous
Performer:  Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Mass for Ascension Day: Sanctus "Ante secula" by Anonymous
Performer:  Marsha Genensky (Voice), Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Susan Hellauer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Mass for Ascension Day: Agnus Dei "Omnipotens eterne" by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Communion Psallite Domino by Anonymous
Performer:  Susan Hellauer (Voice), Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Ver: "Corpus quod nunc" [trope] 
11.
Ad decus ecclesie - Lectio libri apocalipsis by Anonymous
Performer:  Johanna Rose (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Jacqueline Horner (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Regnantem sempiterna by Anonymous
Performer:  Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Marsha Genensky (Voice),
Johanna Rose (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Cives celestis patrie by Anonymous
Performer:  Jacqueline Horner (Voice), Susan Hellauer (Voice), Johanna Rose (Voice),
Marsha Genensky (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Mont La Salle Chapel, Napa, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Trance Inducing! March 4, 2012 By Donald Kaesser See All My Reviews "I am a psychologist by calling and I discovered this wonderful jewel 4-5 years ago. I have been palying is softly in the background during all of my psychotherapy sessions since that time. This CD is a perfect way for my clients (and me!) to feel safe, at ease and enveloped by the beauty of 'old' world as presented by these talanted women. My purpose in playing it 'constantly' is that it first helps serve as a sonic barrier so that what clients say in therapy is not overheard by anyone in the hall...but more importantly is that it seems to induce state dependent learning both in my clients and myself. Thus when clients come in and hear the same wonderful music it induces them to return to the times and states when they were safe in the past...and again in the now. I have given this CD to a client or two who have unfortunately had severe and complex PTSD as a way of taking the safety of the therapy hour and room WITH them. to my way of thinking and listening this is the best of the Anonymouse 4 that I have in my collection of 5-6 CD's.I'd like to own them all...I think you will too.
Enjoy!

Dr. Donald M. Kaesser
Central Iowa Psychological Services
West Des Moines, IA
515-222-1999"
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