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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard I, 15 Dec. 2010
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Marcia "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, 22 Aug. 2013
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It is a lovely CD and beautifully recorded. I am enjoy listening to early music and so keen to find new artists and music styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music gorgeously sung, 3 May 2008
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I have only recently become aware of the beauty and melodious nature of medieval secular music; this particular CD is a joy.
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