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Leonin, Perotin: Sacred Music from Notre-Dame Cathedral

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By klavaza on July 22, 2005
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Harrison on 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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38 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Timothy R. O'Hanlon on 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 By Ken Cybulska on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel O'donnell on July 14, 2013
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Leonin and Perotin were composers of sacred music that was associated with the rich culture that developed around the construction of the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. The cathedral was not finished during the lifetime of the earlier master, Leonin, but was probably sung in one of the finished sections, and possibly at monasteries. This CD was recorded at Chancelade Abbey, Dordogne, and the acoustics enhance the music very well, reverberation without muddying echo. Forget what Tim O'Hanlon, another reviewer here, has to say about the sites of recordings: a site works acoustically, or not, and few pieces of music are ever recorded in the place where they were written. Forget also the nitpickin' critique about female voices > vocal ensemble Tonus Peregrinus includes a contratenor and three sopranos whose high registers replace perfectly the boy-choir for whom those parts were originally intended. The music is true to the manuscripts. The recording is without flaws, in 24-bit resolution. I acquired this originally to have the track 'Beata viscera', a solo soprano performance by Rebecca Hickey that can only be described as pure and etheric (I could listen to a whole CD of tracks like this - hint). The 'Sederunt principes' is an extended group performance that is equally transcendent. Banish any doubts, and buy this CD, this is a recording well worth having and hearing over and over. - Daniel in Portland
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I heard some of this recording on Pandora and decided to purchase it. The voices of the vocal group Tonus Peregrinus are very clear and sound amazing. The venue in which the recording took place has a very good sound quality, and really highlights the vocal nature of this recording. The sound quality and dynamic range was surprisingly good! I would put this recording on par with many Telarc recordings. In the beginning of first track,which is one of the best on the CD I might add, you can hear the soft, subtle sounds of rain in the background. It sounds like you're right there in the hall as the great female soloist begins the amazing opening piece! Definitely a good buy if you are a fan of medieval monophony/polyphony!
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