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Stimulating Directness Redolent of Refreshing Simplicity.,
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This review is from: The Earliest Songbook In England (Hyperion: CDH55297) (Audio CD)
This CD comprises a collection of music discovered on decaying ancient parchment dating to circa 1200. In all there are 23 tracks including several solo pieces, five of which are sung alto by Catherine King. All except Rogers Covey-Crump the voices have changed since the earlier Gothic Voices recordings. This one is dated 2000 and Christopher Page is still directing. Here again we have the same high standard of both singing and recording as one has come to expect of Gothic Voices.
I love listening to this kind of music, which I find thought provokingly inspiring. It's actually quite complicated, causing one to wonder how long ago was it that humans began to sing actual songs. Did singing take place in the caves when the cave painters were painting? Are some forms of modern music closer to the primitive forms? Maybe it all started with drums and chanting, but there's none of that here where we've already reached the stage of high dramatisation albeit with a stimulating directness redolent of refreshing simplicity. It's as if it were some kind of upliftingly paradoxical kind of art. It would take too long to comment individually on each of the 23 tracks. All I can say is that it provides the listener with one of those extra-special experiences of life as its inspiring sounds answer more questions than words can ever do. Thoroughly recommended.