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Magister Leoninus: Sacred Music From 12th-Century Paris [Import]

Leonin , Cappella Amsterdam , Red Byrd , John Potter , Richard Wistreich Audio CD
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  • Performer: Cappella Amsterdam, Red Byrd, John Potter, Richard Wistreich
  • Composer: Leonin
  • Audio CD (September 9, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZZE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alleluya. Non vos relinquam orphanos
2. Alleluya. Dulce lignum, dulces clavos
3. Alleluya. Spiritus Sanctus procedens
4. Alleluya. Paraclitus Spiritus Sanctus
5. Priusquam te formarem
6. Alleluya. Inter natos mulierum
7. Viderunt omnes fines terre
8. Alleluya. Dies sanctificatus illuxit nobis
9. Alleluya. Pascha nostrum immolatus est

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5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely compelling January 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The earliest sacred polyphonic music evolved from plainchant, in the hands of composers like Magister Leoninus. His works as recorded on this disc show how that evolution took place: for a setting of a given text, sections of unison plainchant were interspersed with writing for two voices, based largely on the melodic contours of the plainchant - in other words, re-composition took place.
The programme recorded here features some of Magister Leoninus' finest and most significant works, including "Alleluya. Non vos relinquam orphanos," "Alleluya. Pascha nostrum immolatus est" and "Viderunt omnes terre" - music with a key role in the liturgy at major festivals of the church's year. These particular motets could even be considered as the Christmas and Easter carols of their day: listen to them long enough and they will prove just as irresistable as their familiar modern counterparts.
Part of that irresistability is due to the excellent performances on this disc. Red Byrd, consisting here of its founders John Potter and Richard Wistreich, sings the polyphonic music whilst the Cappella Amsterdam provide the plainchant. Their performance methods show clear signs of research; listening to it, I cannot help but imagine that this is what the music really sounded like when it was first performed. The Amsterdam singers give an exemplary demonstration of how plainchant should be sung: flowing from note to note almost like liquid, clearly enunciated, perfectly in tune and making something out of every word and sound (as though meditating on it).
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'Magister Leoninus Sacred Music from 12th Century Paris' by Red Byrd, John Potter, Richard Wistreich and the Capella Amsterdam is some of the very earliest 'old music' I have heard recorded anywhere. From the point of view of a non-musicologist who just happens to like old liturgical music, I recommend this to all people with similar interests.

My only disappointment is that the recording is not that of an entire mass, but of several pieces of masses from the important Christian festival days, most especially Christmas and Easter.

As usual, the Hyperion package and recording quality is first rate. The age, quality of the performance, and quality of the recording alone should make this an important recording for your colleciton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magister Leoninus: Sacred Music From 12th-Century Paris September 13, 2011
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Magister Leoninus: Sacred Music From 12th-Century Paris is a 1996 Hyperions Records Limited recording Red Byrd vocal ensemble. Mark Everist has written the music notes. All the lyrics are also available. Being a devout person this form of music has a special place in my heart. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early music fan's delight July 23, 2011
By Crystal
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the previous 2 reviewers about the quality of the recording and chanting.

In the digital age sometimes I have sometimes forgotten how beautiful, sacred, and pure just the bare sound of the human voice can be. Red Byrd (John Potter and Richard Wistreich) deserve a listen. Thank you to Helios for preserving this recording and bringing it to audiences at a reasonable price. The CD comes with the 1997 liner notes explaining a bit of the history and musical structure of this 12th century sacred music and offering a translation. I imagine it echoing in the Cathedral Church of Notre Dame de Paris while monks prayed and worshiped the eternal and sublime.
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