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Music for the Lion-Hearted King

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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 (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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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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excellent, just what i was looking for
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90da6b34) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x911d5da4) out of 5 stars 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

and

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.
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HASH(0x910a6c78) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0x90f2e3cc) out of 5 stars War, Peace, Love and Justice 14 Jun. 2015
By Luc REYNAERT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of course, the music (conducti and chansons) on this CD written in the 12th century by mostly anonymous composers, is not as sophisticated as the polyphony of an Orlandus Lassus. But, the works still stand out by the quality of the texts and of their appealing melodies.

The texts
The main themes of the songs are ‘war’ and its counterpart ‘peace’. A great text is ‘7 – Etas auri redditur (The golden Age returns)’ (Anon.): ‘the rich man is now suppressed and the pauper is exalted. Peace and Justice embrace one another ... an end to plunder, a clear path to justice for the clergy, and a place for truth.’ In ‘1 – Mundus vergens (The world declining)’ (Anon.): ‘the world flowering in peace is now kindled by the torch of war’. In ’11 – Purgator criminum (He who purges sins)’ (Anon.): ‘Truth comes hard on the heels of mercy and peace; goodness is joined to justice’. In ’15 – Ver pacis apperit’ (Anon.): ‘the springtime of peace opens the bosom of the earth’.
War means also death. In ‘9 – In occasu sideris (As the star falls)’ (Anon.) internecine war makes England ‘sink into mourning’. In ‘6 – Anglia, planctus itera (England, repeat your lamentation) (Anon.): ‘Death has harshly raged within your borders’. In ’13 – Pange melos lacrimosum (Compose a tearful melody)’ (Anon.): ‘Death, the prince of this terrible law, rules without pity’.
Another theme is ‘love’, which is one of the three counsels in ’14 – Ma joie me semont (My joy summons me)’ by Blondel de Nesle. Love can turn into high praise of the loved one, as in ‘10 – L’amours dont sui espris (I am on fire with a love)’ by Blondel de Nesle: ‘No one ever saw a fairer lady either of form or of face’. In this song there is still hope, but not in ‘3 – A la douçour de la bele saison (In the sweetness of the new season)’ by Gace Brulé: ‘But I still cannot perceive that she is willing to reward me with any of the favours for which I have suffered such pains’, or, in ’12 – Li nouviauz tanz (The new season)’ by Li Chastelain de Couci: ‘why did I ever set eyes upon her, that sweet creature whom I call False Friend’.
There are also religious themes. In ‘5 – Hac in anni ianua (In this, the doorway to the year)’ (Anon.) one wishes with the birth of Christ that ‘may the evil be destroyed that destroys virtue’, and in ‘8 – Vetus abit littera (The Old Law passes away)’ (Anon.) ‘a new boy … strengthens the covenant of peace’.
In ’16 – Latex silice (Water springs from the rock)’ (Anon.) through Christ’s death ‘you will be convinced to follow the path lest you be too ungrateful’.

The music
In general, the conducti have simple straightforward unsentimental (pure) melodies with rudimentary counterpoints and fixed rhythms, generating a rather soft staccato style (1, 2, 4, 11, 15) sometimes with melismas (7, 8). But, ‘5 – In this, the doorway to the year’ and ‘16 – Water springs from the rock’ have a joyous tone with vivid fixed rhythms and melismas. The conducti about death have an impressive elegiac intonation (6, 9) with mourning melismas (13).
The chansons excel by their magnificent, pure and flowing melodies (3, 10, 12, 14). They are far more expressive than the conducti, like ’12 – The new season’, which is a genuine love lament.

The scores are sublimely sung by the ‘Gothic Voices’ under Christopher Page.
One regret: the Latin and Old French texts are only translated in English. The excellent introduction by Christopher Page is also not translated into another language.
This CD is a must have for all lovers of classical music.
HASH(0x90c3ea50) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0x915e2474) out of 5 stars 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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