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Codex Faenza


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listen  1. Codex Faenza: Biance flour (arr. Ensemble Unicorn): Biance flour 3:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Codex Faenza: Untitled: Untitled 2:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Non avra ma'pieta questa mia donna 4:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Non ara may pieta questa mia dona (arr. Ensemble Unicorn): Non ara may pieta questa mia dona 3:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ballade No. 25. Honte, paour doubtance: Hont, paour, doubtance 6:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Honte paour (arr. Ensemble Unicorn): Hont paur 3:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Codex Faenza: Le ior (arr. Ensemble Unicorn): Le ior 2:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Codex Faenza: Bel fiore danca (arr. Ensemble Unicorn): Bel fiore danca 3:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Aquil' altera, ferma / Creatura gentil / Uccel' di Dio 2:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Codex Faenza: Aquila altera (arr. Ensemble Unicorn): Aquila altera 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Codex Faenza: Untitled: Untitled 3:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Codex Faenza: Aspire refus: Aspire refus 2:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Codex Faenza: Elas mon cuer: Elas mon cuer 2:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. J'ay grant desespoir de ma vie (arr. Ensemble Unicorn): J'ay grant desespoir de ma vie 2:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Codex Faenza: Jay grant espoir (arr. Ensemble Unicorn): Jay grant espoir 2:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Kyrie: Cunctipotens genitor Deus 5:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ave maris stella 1:54$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000009OM1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The music represented here also has a good deal of depth to recommend it too.
Sator
This is a very good release featuring the ever-impressive musical skills of Magnus Karlsson and the vocal talents of Mark Boals.
Michael
This album has tons of tasty riffs, amazing melodic solos and grooves, and pristine vocals and lyrics.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Unicorn is simply amazing. They turn out CD after CD, all at budget prices, all far surpassing most other early music efforts. Codex Faenza's pieces are mostly two-part, with a florid upper melody supported by a slower-moving tenor. This allows full display of Unicorn's virtuosity -- unlike their Dufay release, which cramped their style with its elaborate polyphony. The opening improvisations are magical, the subtle treatments of text and context fascinating -- and track 10 is the craziest vielle piece I've ever heard
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Konczal on March 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Upon first listen, you might think that "Codex Faenza: Instrumental Music of the Early 15th Century" is wrongly named. These works were composed by 14th Century composers, such as Machaut and Landini, and several songs appear as vocal arrangements without instrumentation.

That's where the "Codex Faenza" comes in. This tome was an early 15th century book of instrumental arrangements of 14th century music. The Unicorn Ensemble performs several works from the Codex Faenza, sometimes preceding the instrumental version with the original vocal arrangement for comparison. The last two tracks, the anonymous compositions "Kyrie" and "Ave maris stella," feature alternating sections of plainchant and organ music.

In many cases, the busy melodies gain something in the translation. The top lines have an improvisatory quality that can seem odd when sung, but sound more natural when played instrumentally. The Unicorn Ensemble has mastered late medieval/early Renaissance instrumentation, and their performances effectively evoke the spirit of past times.

I was somewhat critical of The Unicorn Ensemble's version of Dufay's "Chansons" for making Guillaume Dufay's music sound more conservative than it really was. Here, the group does the opposite: they update the sound of Ars Nova composers and demonstrate how their achievements foreshadowed the continued musical advances of the early Renaissance. It's an academic exercise in many ways, but one well worth studying.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey H. Schorz on September 3, 2003
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When I purchased this album, I was expecting it to be more akin to the other music performed by the Ensemble Unicorn. I was expecting quick and lively, music akin to the Spanish Troubadour tunes and Las Cantigas de Santa Maria. I was wrong, and I was disappointed at first. I quickly changed my mind after giving the entire album a listen, and was enchanted.
If you like the quick, lively medieval tunes, then this album may not be your cup of tea. However, I don't think any early music collection is complete without this, and I found that even slower medieval tunes have their virtues, particularly when performed by the always impressive Ensemble Unicorn. Another great album, same incredibly low price as always from the Naxos label, and the same top-notch skill I've come to expect from the Ensemble Unicorn.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sator on June 4, 2005
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Wow, what a stunning CD. Firstly I am just floored by the audiophile quality of the recorded sound - much, much better than a lot of CDs for three times the price. This is a characteristic of all of the Ensemble Unicorn recordings but this one is particularly good. As for the performances, they brim with life and color as interpretations of music of this period rarely do. They really bring this music to life, transporting the listener back centuries. The music represented here also has a good deal of depth to recommend it too.

This is just the sort of CD that reinforces the view that Naxos is above all a serious record label of high quality. This would be worth buying even if it cost three times the price.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nikiforos V. Skoumas on January 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Codex is the alliance of guitarist Magnus Carlson ("Starbreaker", "Allen/Lande") and singer Mark Boals ("Malmsteen's Rising Force", "Ring of Fire").
According to interviews, the Codex album was composed solely by Carlson while Mark entered the picture later on as the lead vocalist; so it comes as no surprise that this release leans more towards hard rock rather than the prog- classical sound of Mark's previous works. Definitely the end result is very impressive: Great riffs, intelligent solos, with drummer Daniel Flores exceeding expectations while Boals sounds relaxed and emotional for a change.
Nevertheless, the album has a great disadvantage over its opening track "Beyond the Dark" which is extremely powerful, causing the rest of the songs to fall short in comparison (although very good). Very cohesive project, looking forward to a follow up.

"Rockhard" Greek magazine (issue 27) marks this album with 8/10 commenting: "Better than `Allen/Lande- The revenge'".

"Metal Hammer" Greek magazine (issue 277) comments: "Unbelievable performance by Mark Boals"
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 2, 2008
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This is a very good release featuring the ever-impressive musical skills of Magnus Karlsson and the vocal talents of Mark Boals. Karlsson is one of the best guitarists and rock composers in the world and has had great success with this style of music. He has written a very high quality album here filled with many great guitar solos and strong production values. Mark Boals is usually known for his neo-classical vocal acrobatics but here he eases into a slightly more relaxed vocal style that definitely serves him well. I highly recommend this album to fans of these artists and also to those who are looking for a good quality heavy rock album - 4.5 stars!
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