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  • Orchestra: Gothic Voices
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Composer: Anonymous, Gace Brulé, Blondel de Nesle, Li Chastelain de Couci' Gui IV
  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mundus vergens
2. Novus miles sequitur
3. A la douçour de la bele seson
4. Sol sub nube latuit
5. Hac in anni ianua
6. Anglia, planctus itera
7. Etas auri reditur
8. Vetus abit littera
9. In occasu sideris
10. L'amours dont sui espris
11. Purgator criminum
12. Li nouviauz tanz
13. Pange melos lacrimosum
14. Ma joie me semont
15. Ver pacis apperit
16. Latex silice

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HYP 66336 55292; HYPERION - Inghilterra;

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The coronation of King Richard I on September 3rd 1189 is the ispiration for this very special recording by Gothic Voices. It is a concept album in its own right. And the main theme is very interesting and atmospheric.
There is a purity of intonation in this recording. A feature that is not new to the Gothic Voices. The recording is in fact excellent in terms of diction throughout the whole programme. And there is much colour and vitality present too.
Christopher Page manages to integrate a group of 12th Century pieces and make them atractive to any one that is not well experienced in medieval music.
The recording centres the Conductus. And it is mainly homophonic Latin songs featured. There is real beauty found here.
Polyphony of the 12th and 13th Centuries seems to have a strict metre of the poems and everything seems to end in regular phrases. But in these performances the musicians bend. Soften and add variety to the music. The Gothic Voices unlock the full range of sounds in these pieces and offer us a fantastic varyed scene.
There is an intense performance with clarity. This is one of the best recordings of this genre of music and it can really make you thirst for more.
The recording was made in 1988 in the Church of the Hospital of St Cross Winchester. And the sound engineering is excellent. The presentation of the product is very good and the booklet is very informative and gives us a great insight into the life of Richard I
I highly recommend this recording as much as I would any recording by the Gothic Voices.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Carnage, Sin, Penance, Painful Love... It's all here... 15 Aug. 2004
By ewomack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD commemorates the eight hundreth anniversary of King Richard the First's coronation in Westminster Abbey. The world then bled the blood of the Crusades, and Richard himself soon called the Third Crusade to regain the Holy Cross from the Muslim armies near Nazareth. War, death, and uncertaintly hung over everything. Happiness came in short bursts, if at all. The songs on this CD, sung in Latin and French, reflect the times of their composition:

The world declining into ruin,

proving by many signs that it is collapsing,

exposes its deceitfulness


Death has harshly raged within your borders,

and now you can offer no deeds

as resistance to the assault of Death;

therefore enter into grief

always intent on lamentation.

No instruments adorn the singing on this CD. Soloists or groups of two to four singers perform each piece, sometimes overlapping melodies and harmonies with dazzling technicality. Each track glows with vocal virtuosity. The effect heightens with each successive listen.

Humans may never come closer to time travel than the words and music of the past, and this CD exudes the feeling of a different time. Not surprising considering that the compositions date from approximately 1170 to 1190. Some of the dates remain unknown, along with many of the composer's names. Nonetheless, some names appear, such as Gace Brulé, Blondel, and 'Li Chastelain de Couci'.

Apart from destruction and the ubiquitous medieval Christian themes of sin and redemption, the CD also includes another theme associated with medieval times: love. The songs sung in French mainly concern love of a painful medieval kind:

Nature has never endowed anything

with more beauty.

For her I shall continue the tradition

of Aeneas and Paris,

of Tristan and Pyramus,

of all whom loved long ago.

Now I shall be their ally,

And now I pray to God above,

That I might share their fate.

Strangely, King Richard receives only one direct reference. 'In Occasu Sideris' seems to foreshadow Richard's reign, but does not mention his coronation. In a sense the title of the CD misleads; the music here represents music of the era, not necessarily music performed at Richard's actual coronation ceremony. The CD book does not delineate the how or why behind the compilation of the songs apart from their common date range. This does not detract from the incredible music. So, listen to this CD as a great representation of the music of the early twelfth century. After all, Richard probably enjoyed most of these songs in his lifetime.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Review (from Gramophone) 26 Jan. 2009
By Slobberer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Music for the Lion-Hearted King Gothic Voices / Christopher Page. Hyperion © CDA66336 (60 minutes: DDD: 10/89). Texts and translations included.

Anonymous Twelfth Century: Mundus vergens. Novus miles sequitur. Sol sub nube latuit. Hac in anni ianua. Anglia, planctus itera. Etras auri reditur. Vetus abit littera. In occasu sideris. Purgator criminum. Pange melos lacrimosum. Ver pacis apperit. Latex silice.
Gace Brule: A la doucour de la bele seson.
Blondel de Nesle: L'amours dont sui espris. Ma joie me semont.
Gui IV: "Li chastelain de Couci" Li nouviauz tanz.

Christopher Page has a remarkable gift for creating enthralling programmes of early music bound together by a brilliantly-chosen central theme, or appellation. This new collection is no less distinguished and every bit as fascinating, musically and historically. Whether or not Richard himself ever actually listened to any of these pieces is beside the point: they are all representative of the period of his lifetime and are gathered together here in his name for the 800th anniversary of his coronation (1189). Two types of twelfth-century vocal music are represented: the conductus - which can be written for one, two, three or even four voices and the chanson, or noble, courtly love song. The singers cannot be applauded too highly for performances marked by an extraordinary insight into how this music should be tackled, that is, with a fair degree of restraint as well as know-how, given the sort of audience it might have had in Richard's day: the royal court or the household of some high-ranking ecclesiastical figure.
One of the absolute jewels in Hyperion's crown 8 Nov. 2009
By Pete - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love the Hyperion classical recording company and I think they have done great things for the genre. This old gem is a recording of coronation music of medieval times. Absolutely brilliant!
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Hauntingly lovely music 30 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sung with a high level of precision, this music is very engaging.
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