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The Old Hall Manuscript - English Music c 1410-1415 /The Hilliard Ensemble * Hillier


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  • Performer: Gordon Jones
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Composer: Anonymous, French Anonymous, Byttering, Gregorian Chant, J. (John) Cooke, et al.
  • Audio CD (May 23, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B000006DDX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gloria
2. Pia Mater
3. Nesciens Mater
4. Nesciens Mater
5. Beata Dei Genitrix
6. Gloria
7. Credo
8. En Katerine Solennia
9. Credo
10. Beata Progenies
11. Beta Progenies
12. Sanctus
13. Ave Regina Celorum
14. Ave Regina Celorum
15. Sanctus
16. Agnus Dei
17. Qualis Est Dilectus
18. Agnus Dei
19. Alma Redemptoris Mater
20. Ascendit Christus
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "hcf" on August 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Old Hall Manuscript is a major source of the 15th century English sacred music. The selection of works from this manuscript, presented on this recording, follows the general layout adopted by the compilers of the manuscript: first come the movements from the mass ordinary in their logical sequence (Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus), interpolated with liturgical antiphons, then come the settings of the last response - Deo Gratias. In addition, to make the source of plainchant in several antiphons more clear, the Hilliard included four plainsong melodies directly in front of the antiphons. This recording is extremely valuable because it brings back from oblivion many wonderful works with which the listener is not likely to be familiar. The Hilliard sing these pieces with crisp clarity and energetic tempi. My favorite pieces are Pycard's Gloria , a queue of rapid imitative entries, fortified by the use of three equal voices (tenors); and Anon. Agnus Dei (track 21), an example of the style called English Discant (in its simplest form, a plainsong melody in one of the voices, harmonized note for note in the other voices). Recorded in 1990, this is the last Hilliard recording still featuring their founder - the wonderful baritone Paul Hillier.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr Bassil A MARDELLI on April 11, 2008
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What I know about The Old Hall Manuscript, it is the greatest, most accomplished, and important source of England's hallowed music of the late 14th and early 15th centuries.

This recording has been able to convey best source for English music of the late era of the middle ages. Medieval scholars will certainly love it. It has the attraction of taking you back in time that was characterized by chivalry and knighthood, nobility and aristocracy.

The Manuscript has, providently, escaped from destruction when King Henry the Eighth carried out his devastating actions against Churches and Monasteries by his Dissolution Decrees in the 1530s.

I believe The Manuscript is being maintained by the British Library since 1950s. (not in 1973)

This recording has some twenty five musical pieces - motets - (selected from 148 compositions) ranging from half a minute to five minutes scattered in a sporadic manner. Mostly composed, Gloria, Pia mater, Nesciens mater (thirty nine seconds), Ascendit Cristus is five minutes and three seconds, the Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, are remarkably different from later periods when the traditional genre of lyrics composing became appealing to critical interest and development in musical tastes.
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This recital of religious music from the 15th century (and before) by nearly unknown composers and written down in `The Old Hall Manuscript', reveals a certain link in the history of Western music between the Gregorian and secular music.
Nearly all the texts are catholic classics. The music is not very sophisticated: plainsong melodies with little rhythmic variations.

The two songs which stand out are 22 - Are post libamina (At the altar after the libation) by Mayshuet (Matheus de Sancto Johanne) and 25 - Post missarum solennia (After the solemnity of the Mass) (Anon.).
Song 22 is remarkable by its text and music. The text is an outspoken reflection on music and singing. A song should be `sweet harmonies, highly lyrical, with a joyful tone'. In the second part of the text (which is not sung on this CD), Mayshuet strongly admonishes singers: they should not seek `vain glory' and certainly not if their `skills fall short'. They should not be `mercenary men (who) change the best gold into base metal and sweet perfumed flowers into nasty smells. Such singers think not about God the man. You, hypocrites, you have never heeded the Holy Gospel.'
Song 25 is less original: `we will with sweetly fluent voice sing songs requesting God the fount of all good things.'
Both songs shine by their rhythmic variations: voice singing together at different tempi (fast and slow).

The songs are brilliantly interpreted by the Hilliard Ensemble.
All texts are translated in English.
This CD will mostly appeal to all those interesting in the history of Western music.
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