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Perotin Original recording reissued


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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B000025ZXO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Viderunt omnes11:36Album Only
Listen  2. Veni creator spiritus 7:31Album Only
Listen  3. Alleluia posui adiutorium 7:35Album Only
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Listen  5. Dum sigillum 7:40Album Only
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Listen  7. Alleluia nativitas 8:31Album Only
Listen  8. Beata viscera 6:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sederunt principes11:54Album Only

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It would be impossible adequately to describe the inherent haunting beauty of Pérotin's music, or to fully detail its far-reaching influence in latter-12th-century France. The opening "Viderunt omnes" is a perfect illustration of the surprising vitality and highly charged sense of forward motion that can be obtained with relatively simple rhythmic impulses and harmonic devices. The male voices of the Hilliard Ensemble generate an electrifying resonance that vibrates everything in the room that's not solid or nailed down. You can literally feel this music, ringing with natural harmonics and set to body-moving rhythms. Yes, it's religious music, intended for lofty cathedral spaces; but it moves, and it's moving, and this recording gives it to you full blast. --David Vernier

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A.K.Farrar on 1 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It is almost impossible for us at this end of the second millennium to grasp the tremendous outpouring of creative talent that resulted in the buildings, art, poetry, and music of the beginning of the same millennium - but The Hilliard Ensemble do try to make it a little easier for us.

Perotin, called `Perotinus the Great' by one visiting Englishman of the time, is a perfect starting point for a journey back into that lost world - and into the acoustic pleasures of this fine music.

Based in plainchant - the singing of the Latin text in a flowing, one note at a time melody - Perotin's music frequently takes a small section of the text and adds extra notes - sometimes from two voices, sometimes from four.

In its simplest form, one note is like the `drone' of the bagpipe - held for a long time - and the other bounces along on top of it. (I'm reminded when I listen to this type of tune of a deep, slow, cool river flowing majestically along, whilst a red, armour-plated dragonfly zooms and bounces above it, hunting.)

There is a wonderful sense of fun in this - it is easy to imagine a group of choristers playing with the sound and trying to co-ordinate their `bounces' - a bit like putting together a sequence of passes on the football field.

Another aspect of Perotin, as shown in his Beata viscera (track 8), is a deep felt reverence for all things religious, especially the Virgin Mary. Irritatingly, the booklet doesn't provide any translations so it is easy to miss the absolute beauty of the text - but not the music. In a free flowing wave of sound, the words of the poem are hoisted to heaven - like watching a sky lark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I should be grateful to the Hilliard Ensemble and this disc, for it was one of the recordings which several years ago served as my introduction to early music and helped me fall in love with it. However it is a disc I do not listen to very much these days, not because there is anything to dislike here, but simply because over the years of collecting other discs of material from the School of Notre Dame I have discovered performances which I enjoy more, by Orlando Consort, Tonus Peregrinus, Red Byrd, Ensemble Organum, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Diabolus In Musica and so on.

So you can't go at all wrong with this disc, but bear in mind that there are many other recordings of these and similar works which, to my mind at least, are superior. You may wish to explore others instead or even as well as this.

The booklet has some notes which I didn't find as helpful in describing the nature of the music as those with some of the other discs I have mentioned. Latin sung texts are given but without translation.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. A. Howe on 22 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is an undeniably beautiful CD. The sounds made are hypnotic and the acoustic is gorgeous. The solo rendition of Beata Viscera (over a discrete drone) is probably my favorite track.
However, all that said, it misses the target by a very long shot when it comes to the interpretation. We are given a clear triple-time for almost every piece, and no attempt is made to ornament the music in any way. It is known that one of the most astonishing features of this music when it became known in the 12th century was the profusion of rhythmic variety and interplay, with some passages being freely sung (organum purum), some using "long" and "short" notes (copula), and some others yet using a rhythmic pattern akin to the metrical foot (discant). All we have on this recording is unrelenting iambs or trochees. Again, we have a general consensus over what some of the ornamentation should be for this music. It is known, for instance, that the first note of a section is ornamented with a kind of appogiatura and "trill" effect. The final portion of a section is usually meant to be rhythmically freer (which in four parts leads to great tension as the parts cease to correlate to a degree before coming together again for the cadence).
The ECM recording focuses the music very much throught the lens of 20th century minimalism and the works of Part and Tavener. The sleeve notes even go so far as to make this linkage.
I recommend the recodings by Gothic voices as making the most considered and "scholarly" attempt at this repertory, although they strike me as being somewhat soulless. My favorites are still Ensemble Organum, who are never "beautiful" in the way that this ECM recording is, but who are captivating and wondering in a way I find more convincing.
But if it's nice noises you want, go for this ECM recording.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Drayton on 8 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't know whether or not this music is an "authentic" reproduction of the works of Perotin and Leonin. I'm not even sure I really care!

What's important is that the music on this CD is heart-stoppingly beautiful without ever getting all New Age-y or sweet. There are passages - and you'll discover them for yourself, they won't necessarily be the same as mine - when you won't want to move in case you disturb the stillness in the air.

Forget the age: this is music for a scared world to hear.
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