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In a nutshell, the organum works are founded on plainchant, which is sung as part of the performance. Some voices sing the chant in extremely long note values, so that the progressions of the melody are hard to distinguish. Meanwhile, higher voices dance through a series of rhythmically-charged motifs, overlapping with each other and producing an astonishing alternation of dissonances and consonances, breathtaking to hear. The opening piece, the Christmas motet "Viderunt omnes," is a particularly fine example of this.
Other works in the programme sound closer to the sound world of Guillaume de Machaut: "Dum signillium" and "Veni Creator spiritus" are two such pieces, the former sung by tenors John Potter and Rogers Covey-Crump whilst the latter adds counter-tenor David James. Another short motet, "Isaias cecinit," repeats the same material for new verses of text, like a hymn tune with a descant at the end.Read more ›
This is an excellent performance. Though recorded by many other ensembles, the -Beata Viscera- on this record is soaring and definitive.
This record would be appreciated, not only by confirmed early music fans, but by those who love all other sorts of slow and ethereal music. The harmonies are beautiful, and even sound somewhat edgy to the contemporary ear, largely because the modal melodies and open fifths do not map easily into our expectations for major or minor keys.
Let's hope heaven sounds this good -- if I were the angels, the Hilliards would make me nervous.
A few years later, someone introduced me to this CD, and I was even more taken. For some reason, I really like the Perotin-composed pieces - tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9. The Beata viscera (track 8) is other-worldly, and quite possibly one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard in my entire life!
You don't have to be a musical scholar to enjoy this - it's simply beautiful!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The piece is almost all Gregorian chant-like, something I wasn't quite expecting.Published 5 months ago by stephanie cabell
One of the great masters in all of Western music, to hear his polyphony (anytime and every time) is to stoke a belief in angels. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Towelclerk
With twenty-five 5-star reviews and three 4-star, this disc doesn't need any additional endorsement it seems. Yet I'll add mine and try to make it short. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Discophage
Even though I enjoy Early Music, I am sadly late in discovering this album by the seven-member Hilliard Ensemble, performing works by Perotin and other 12th-century compositions. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Dr. Debra Jan Bibel
I am addicted to this recording and that's not a bad thing! I can listen daily and never tire of it.Published on July 5, 2013 by anonymous
This was a recording of unusual medieval religious music from around the 13th Century. The sound is very haunting to me and has fascinated me since I first heard it. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Walter A. Dryja
I heard a piece on Perotin on NPR, and was stunned by the beauty of this recording. I now own it, and it has been in heavy rotation within the context of my daily life. Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Adam
I'll try not to repeat any information in the other reviews. I'll hold off adding to the plethora of laudatory adjectives already given (and well deserved) and say... Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Sir Pentor
This disc came as quite a surprise. I'm not usually interested in early music, but a release from ECM New Series and with the Hilliard Ensemble seemed like a safe bet. Read morePublished on October 29, 2009 by Christopher Culver