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Leonin, Perotin: Sacred Music from Notre-Dame Cathedral

Leonin , Perotin , Tonus Peregrinus Audio CD
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  • Performer: Tonus Peregrinus
  • Composer: Leonin, Perotin
  • Audio CD (July 19, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0009SQC8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beata Viscera
2. Viderunt Omnes
3. Viderunt Omnes
4. (Plainchant) ... Fines Terre Salutare Dei ...
5. (2-Part Organum) ... Notum Fecit ...
6. ... Dominus ...
7. ... Salutare Suum Ante Conspectum ...
8. (Plainchant) ... Justitiam Suam
9. (2-Part Organum) ...Viderunt Omnes ...
10. (Plainchant) ... Fines Terre Salutare Dei ...
11. (2-Part Organum) ... Notum Fecit ...
12. ... Dominus ...
13. (Plainchant) ... Justitiam Suam
14. (2-Part Organum) ...Viderunt Omnes ...
15. (Plainchant) ... Fines Terre Salutare Dei ...
16. (2-Part Clausula): ... Dominus ...
17. (2-Part Clausula): ... Dominus ...
18. (2-Part Clausula): ... Dominus ...
19. (2-Part Clausula): ... Dominus ...
20. (2-Part Clausula): ... Dominus ...
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Voice Feast from the Middle Ages July 22, 2005
By klavaza
Format:Audio CD
Recorded and edited in 24 bit resolution, this Naxos recording is a joy to the ears. The performing voices are solid and the direction of Antony Pitts has a sometimes dramatic, majestic, tempo. The only reason I did not concede full 5 stars is because in the Middle Ages female voices for Lithurgy were almost unknown, and in this record there are two sopranos and an Alto. If you enjoy Early Music you will need this record, if you are a beginner this is an intelligent way to introduce you to Polyphony, a cornerstone of Western music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fine and musical effort May 20, 2009
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I don't know if the strict early music folks would approve of these interpretations--the women's voices, the significantly slower tempos, the overall "prettier" effect than that of some of the purist renditions--but the recording itself, including at times the sounds of rain captured outside the building, is admirable. It lacks some of the fat sound associated with ECM recordings (I am convinced ECM uses significant compression in their issues.) but neither is it thin as many of the Naxos efforts. The performances themselves are engaged and engaging. Its in my regular listening cycle.
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35 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Resounding Success December 26, 2005
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If one read the album notes but failed to read the fine print on the rear of the jacket, one would likely assume that this recording was made in Notre Dame Cathedral, which it was not. It was recorded at Chancelade Abbey, Dordogne, France. ([...])

The notes mention the fact that both Leonin and Perotin worked at Notre Dame and were both responsible for the Organum. Organum is Polyphony used in liturgical music from the late 9th century to c. 1250.

I bring this up because few people, even musicologists, understand the vital roles that acoustics and harmonics(overtones)played in the composition of sacred music until about the Seventeenth Century.

The musicologist, Thurston Dart, summarizes the influence that reverberation has on composers:

"But even a superficial study shows that early composers were very aware of the effect on their music of the surroundings in which it was to be performed, and that they deliberately shaped their music accordingly. Musical acoustics can be roughly divided into resonant, room and outdoor. Plainsong is resonant music; so is the harmonic style of Leonin and Perotin .. Perotin's music, in fact, is perfectly adapted to the acoustics of the highly resonant cathedral (Notre Dame Paris) for which it was written...."

(Thurston Dart, musicologist, "The interpretation of Music",Hutchinson, London pp56-57 (1954).

I think, like most 'moderns', Mr. Dart has got it backwards -- these composers were mostly aware of the effect of the surroundings upon their music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solemn & beautiful - Music of stoic and hypnotic beauty December 12, 2008
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Not only do I love the music, but the pieces all have a curious, small and beautiful eerie echo, which seems to typify the genre of music from this period.

The rendering of these compositions is exquisitely, even creatively approached. Listening to it, the echo effect kind of gives it a gilded sheen or aura. It manages to accomplish really giving you a feeling of this period in time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST in choral with a cathedral sound! November 24, 2007
Format:MP3 Music
All I needed to do was to hear a few of the sample clips of this CD, and then I knew I had to purchase it via Amazon's MP3 downloading program. The beautiful Gregorian Chants sound as if you are within a cathedral, such as Notre-Dame. The acoustics are eerie, and the echo of the chants give you a peaceful setting, whether you are in prayer, meditation, or simply wanting to feel the desire to be in church. The sound quality to these MP3's are the best that one can download to make a studio-sounding CD! Whether you buy it new, used, or via Amazon's MP3 downloading program, this is the BEST in choral, cathedral chanting. Get it now!
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This CD celebrates the roots of Western Polyphony and I treasure it. You can clearly hear the progression from plain chant to parallel organum, and then the "break-through" imaginative two-voice counterpoint of Leonin to the literal glorious invention of harmony with Perotin. I am not used to hearing women's voices in this music, but the performances are completely musical and convincing.
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