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Pro Cantione Antiqua: Medieval Christmas
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 21 December 2010
The Pro Cantione Antiqua is an all male ensemble of highly skilled musicians. They perform with a consort of voices devoted to Medieval and Renaissance music.
They offer us a performance here that is excellent both in individual vocal quality and as a collective of voices.
It is a spirited and rhythmic performance with a full bodied sound.
The music comes from England, France and Germany and illustrates the development of polyphony. There is rich harmonic language from English composers. The "Alleluia Psallat" is an example of this.
Music ranges from the 12th Century to the 15th Century. And there are known composers and traditional origins. There are sacred pieces, folk melodies, carols and dances. The unique medieval carol style from England is represented well on this recording with many rhythmic pieces. And they are sung with an impressive medieval English phrase that gives a good flavour to the recording.
The pieces have several stanzas with an earthy feel.
The instruments used are double reeded Shawm, a large Shawm called the bombarde, Sackbut, and doucaine, and recorder.
The music on this recording is from a time when choirs and folk music often blended together since they both used the same popular origins. This interpretation is lively with its attractive melodies. This programme is a beautiful mix of Christmas cheer and contemplative songs and chants. It is full of exciting rhythm and sacred celebrations.
The sound is clear and well balanced and this is a quality release.
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on 13 February 2013
All the tracks are a little 'samey'. Not much spirit or variety, few surprises. It's solid, maybe a good introduction if you are not already into medieval music.
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on 19 November 2016
Excellent
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on 4 July 2015
Love it.
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