This recording presents nine tracks of music most of which can be attributed with reasonable certainty to Philip the Chancellor, theologian, lyric poet and chancellor of Notre Dame de Paris 1217-1236 during a period of flowering musical and intellectual activity.
The programme is varied, including conductus, lai, sequence and rondellus forms; there are solo voices and multiple part pieces, both a capella and with instrumental accompaniment. The performance by the German medieval specialist ensemble Sequentia is truly delightful and engaging and this, my first experience of them, has moved me to go straight out without hesitation and buy several more of their recordings. An excellent selection and an unmissable addition to the corpus of Notre Dame recordings.
Some excellent notes on the tracks are provided in the booklet in English, French and German. The Latin sung texts are provided along with English translations.