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The Medieval Experience [Box set]

The Early Music Consort of London Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B0000057FL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Antiphona: Hosanna
2. Antiphona: Pueri Hebraerorum
3. In May, When Rose Trees Are In Bloom
4. Antiphona: Cum audisset
5. Alle, psallite cum luya
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Introitus: Terriblis est
2. In The Turmoil Of The Sea
3. Kyrie XII
4. Gloria XII
5. Click, Click, One Morning Robin Went Off
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Come Holy Ghost - Several Composers
2. Blessed Mother - Several Composers
3. The Herald Preceded The Prince - Several Composers
4. The Greatest Good Of Mortals - Dufay
5. Flower Of Flowers - Dufay
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Missa 'L'homme arme' super voces musicales: Kyrie - Several Composers
2. Missa 'L'homme arme' super voces musicales: Gloria - Several Composers
3. Missa 'L'homme arme' super voces musicales: Credo - Several Composers
4. Missa 'L'homme arme' super voces musicales: Sanctus - Several Composers
5. Missa 'L'homme arme' super voces musicales: Agnus Dei - Several Composers
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All things old... 4 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
This is a four-disc collection of wonderful pieces representative of the types of music from the Medieval times/Middle Ages. Gregorian chant has experienced a resurgence in popularity (indeed, it is almost new age), but in fact they are part of the ancient tradition of church music. Masses, folk songs, and motets round out the types of music on offer here.
The first two discs, entitled 'Monks and Troubadours', combine folk songs and chansons with Gregorian chant sequences - the first disc has chants for Palm Sunday (performed by the monks of Munsterschwarzach, Germany) together with songs performed by the Early Music Consort of London. The second disc incorporates chants that might be used at a church dedication (performed by the monks of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault Abbey, France) and songs again by the Early Music Consort. The difference is palpable. Gregorian chant varies significantly from the polyphonic songs of the troubadours.
The third disc is of motets, composed by Dunstable, Dufay, Binchois, Obrecht, and Desprez, some (but not all) of the great names in medieval composition. This collection includes a polytexted motet by Dunstable and more standard forms in which all voices join to sing the same words. Binchois' motet 'Gloria, laus et honor' derives from a Gregorian chant found on the first disc, with words still familiar in the modern hymn 'All Glory, Laud and Honour'.
The fourth CD inlcudes masses by Desprez and Ockeghem. Desprez is one of the greatest of the medieval composers, and his Missa L'homme arme is one of the better known; Ockeghem's mass here is one for the dead, a very common type of composition, here expertly executed.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All things old... 26 Sep 2005
By FrKurt Messick - Published on Amazon.com
This is a four-disc collection of wonderful pieces representative of the types of music from the Medieval times/Middle Ages. Gregorian chant has experienced a resurgence in popularity (indeed, it is almost new age), but in fact they are part of the ancient tradition of church music. Masses, folk songs, and motets round out the types of music on offer here.

The first two discs, entitled 'Monks and Troubadours', combine folk songs and chansons with Gregorian chant sequences - the first disc has chants for Palm Sunday (performed by the monks of Munsterschwarzach, Germany) together with songs performed by the Early Music Consort of London. The second disc incorporates chants that might be used at a church dedication (performed by the monks of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault Abbey, France) and songs again by the Early Music Consort. The difference is palpable. Gregorian chant varies significantly from the polyphonic songs of the troubadours.

The third disc is of motets, composed by Dunstable, Dufay, Binchois, Obrecht, and Desprez, some (but not all) of the great names in medieval composition. This collection includes a polytexted motet by Dunstable and more standard forms in which all voices join to sing the same words. Binchois' motet 'Gloria, laus et honor' derives from a Gregorian chant found on the first disc, with words still familiar in the modern hymn 'All Glory, Laud and Honour'.

The fourth CD inlcudes masses by Desprez and Ockeghem. Desprez is one of the greatest of the medieval composers, and his Missa L'homme arme is one of the better known; Ockeghem's mass here is one for the dead, a very common type of composition, here expertly executed. The final piece on this disc is a song written by Desprez in honour of Ockeghem, which despite not using typical mass or biblical texts, still incorporates the introit from the requiem, and as a mark of respect for the passing of Ockeghem, Desprez composed the music itself using all black notes.

This Archiv production is a stunning collection, great for the listener and great for the student. In one set, one has a broad range of music, spanning many types and hundreds of years. The production quality is very high, the music itself wonderful, the performances beautifully carried out - not much more can be asked for from a recording.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really wonderful, ravishing harmonies. 18 Jun 2014
By canoer - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this set in the mail today thinkiing I'd load it in my iPod for listening later in the car. Instead, I played a track, was enchanted and another track followed. I was transfixed. I thought I'd dip in for a brief listen but wound up hearing all of it.
6 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 11 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Nice sounding recording. The tracks are authentic and is great for anyone interested in medieval history and it's music.
1 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 11 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Nice sounding recording. The tracks are authentic and are great for anyone interested in medieval history and it's music.
5 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull! 23 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I heard this CD at a friends house. I compare the music to loreena McKennitts. Its wonderfull and i love it. I cant wait to purchase a copy of my own.
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