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Conductus Volume 1 (Music/ Poetry Of 13th Century France) (John Potter; Christopher O'Gorman; Rogers Covey-Crump) (Hyperion: CDA67949)

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Hyperion has long been a champion of music from the medieval era and boasts many first recordings in its catalogue, which have combined the highest levels of scholarship with brilliant musicianship, won many awards and opened the ears of a generation of listeners to the repertoire. In this latest release John Potter, Christopher OGorman and Rogers Covey-Crump continue this trail-blazing voyage with a selection from the Conductus genre: the first experiments towards polyphonythe kind of sound we associate with Pérotin. Extensive booklet notes by Mark Everist probe into the intricacies of performance practice as well as analysing the music and poetry in context. This is an important historical document as well as a stunning and committed performance.


What is, or are, conductus? The body of anonymous medieval songs, usually sacred but not liturgical and mostly forgotten, flowered in France in the mid-13th century around the time of the Notre Dame school. This new Hyperion disc, the first of three recordings, is part of a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Southampton which should reawaken interest in this beguiling repertory. The poems are about life, death, salvation and, naturally, the frail virtues of women. ("He who strives to keep and lock in a roving young woman/Is washing a brick.") Three tenors John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump deliver these explorations with unerring skill and conviction. --Observer,16/09/12

…these are seriously classy performances. --Gramophone Awards issue '12

...superb, their precise diction well served by Jeremy Summerly's production and Julian Millard's engineering. The sound is intimate yet resonant, closely-focused and detailed yet with a ambience vividly suggesting spaciousness. This clarity is important, as communicating the texts of conductus is crucial. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Dec'12
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