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5.0 out of 5 stars miscellaneous chants, September 26, 2013
This is not an audio CD but a small bound volume of chants published in 1978 (2d ed. 1983). It is designed to comply with the new liturgy of 1970. After the service chants of the Mass, there are seven of the most familiar sets of Ordinary chants with Credo I and III. In the rest of the book are the various chants that used to be found at the end of the Liber Usualis. The paper and binding are suitable for frequent use. 118 pages.


Music for the Sun King
Music for the Sun King
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine recording no longer available, February 26, 2011
This review is from: Music for the Sun King (Audio CD)
This disc is interesting on two levels. It is a marvelous recording of LaLande's masterpiece, the Te Deum, as well as another fine work, Venite adoremus, and two brief pieces (one vocal and the other instrumental). Jeffrey Skidmore had made an earlier Lalande program for the Gaudeamus label and had worked with the editor of Lalande's music, Lionel Sawkins, for many years. But in making this disc, Hyperion asserted that the copyright of the edition did not require Hyperion to pay for performance rights because Sawkins had added nothing substantial to the source material. The record was made and issued, Sawkins and his publisher sued Hyperion for copyright infringement, and the record was quickly withdrawn. Hyperion lost and paid an enormous amount of damages. Any copy that comes on the market should command a dear price, but I am not parting with mine.
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Inside the Offertory: Aspects of Chronology and Transmission
Inside the Offertory: Aspects of Chronology and Transmission
by Rebecca Maloy
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A significant subject treated in depth, May 1, 2010
Offertory verses constitute one of the most important aspects of plainchant studies. The verses, not generally used since the twelfth century, are among the most virtuosic melodies in the whole chant repertoire. The relation between the Gregorian repertoire and the Old Roman repertoire of these chants has engaged many scholars in recent years. The edition of the Gregorian repertoire published by Karl Ott in 1935 is useful but imperfect. While several scholars have devoted their doctoral dissertations to one aspect or another, Maloy has written the first comprehensive book-length study of these chants. She has also edited the complete Gregorian and Old Roman repertoires, available from the publisher online in a format that permits viewing the two repertoires side by side. She surveys the rich literature of scholarly writing that has appeared in the last thirty years and enables the reader to grasp the entire subject systematically. The price is remarkably low for an OUP book of this quality. This study immediately becomes the standard reference source for the subject.


Requiem
Requiem

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Correct description, February 1, 2010
This review is from: Requiem (Audio CD)
I own this set and it has two CDs in a box. It is not one disc.


Gregorian Chants From Hungary 2: Christmas Advent
Gregorian Chants From Hungary 2: Christmas Advent
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5.0 out of 5 stars error in title, January 8, 2010
I own this record and I can assure you that it is not "vol. 1" but volume 2, You also list volume 1, a Christmas program, as a separate offering. The whole series of Schola Hungarica recordings is excellent.


Chant Grégorien, Vol. 1: Pâques / Ascension / Pentecôte / Trinité / Vierge Marie - Abbaye de Solesmes / Dom Joseph Gajard / Dom Jean Claire (Gregorian Chant)
Chant Grégorien, Vol. 1: Pâques / Ascension / Pentecôte / Trinité / Vierge Marie - Abbaye de Solesmes / Dom Joseph Gajard / Dom Jean Claire (Gregorian Chant)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars information is conflicting, June 8, 2009
The description of "volume 1" does not correspond to the photo of "Paques," which is a single disc directed by Dom Gajard, not by Dom Claire. The description indicates a multi-disc album, though it is described below as one disc. Dom Gajard's "Paques" is an excellent 1969 recording which bears comparison with Dom Claire's recording of some of the same chants made in 1980 but not issued on Accord.


Il Ritorno Di Ulisse
Il Ritorno Di Ulisse
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars incomplete reissue, February 19, 2009
This review is from: Il Ritorno Di Ulisse (Audio CD)
The excellent Alan Curtis production was recorded in Siena in 1991. The 1992 and 2008 issues are complete. This 2004 reissue omits six minutes of ensemble at the beginning of Act 4 in order to fit onto two discs. Not a bad way to save money if that is really the case in purchasing now. The performance adheres more closely to the original score than other recordings that fill out what might be regarded as too skimpy a score.
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The Mystery Of Santo Domingo De Silos Gregorian Chant From Spain
The Mystery Of Santo Domingo De Silos Gregorian Chant From Spain
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mystery and fact, May 6, 2006
While I agree with the other reviewers that this is a fine recording, two precisions are necessary for the sake of accuracy. The disc is titled "Gregorian Chant" but in fact it is Mozarabic or Old Spanish Chant. The reviewer who wrote that the monks observe this rite is mistaken. The monks observe the same monastic rite as the monks of Solesmes and other Benedictine abbeys. The choir director at the time (1968), however, is a musicologist who prepared a special program of Old Spanish Chant for the historically based Archiv Produktion of Deutsche Grammophon.
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The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
by Mark Read
Edition: Hardcover
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two complementary books, March 14, 2003
I read "The Journey of Man" by Spencer Wells because I saw his documentary on PBS a few weeks earlier. I immediately followed up by reading "The Seven Daughrters of Eve" by Bryan Sykes (2001) because the web site called my attention to it. I'm glad I read Wells first. He covers the direct-male-line of the human race as traced by the Y-chromosome, constructing a family tree of the whole world outside of sub-Saharan Africa. Sykes makes more sense with Wells's study in mind because he traces only a European family tree based on mytochondrial DNA, which shows the direct-female-line of descent. He devotes only a brief chapter at the end to fill out the family tree of the rest of the human race, including sub-Saharan Africa. It's clear from a page in Sykes's book that there has been some animosity between the two schools of thought (the authors have opposite links to Luca Cavalli-Sforza). Yet it's easy to fit Sykes's argument into Wells's thinking if you read Wells first; the opposite works less well. The two books are complementary; one does not refute the other. Both authors agree that more genetic sampling is needed to complete the picture; the work has just begun.


The Modern Invention of Medieval Music: Scholarship, Ideology, Performance (Musical Performance and Reception)
The Modern Invention of Medieval Music: Scholarship, Ideology, Performance (Musical Performance and Reception)
by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson
Edition: Hardcover
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How early music performers got that way, February 10, 2003
The author tells us how medieval and early Renaissance music acquired its voices-cum-instruments interpretation, then shows that the recent shift to unaccompanied voices in music of these periods is the recovery of an earlier understanding. The first chapter, "The invention of the voices-and-instruments hypothesis," shows that those who rediscovered old music in the 19th century considered it purely vocal music. Even Hugo Riemann in his Musik Lexicon (1892 and 1893 editions) agreed completely. But in his 1905 edition, Riemann insisted that untexted parts of polyphonic songs were played on instruments, and many phrases of texted melodies were actually instrumental preludes, interludes and postludes. This soon became the standard point of view, for Riemann's book was a popular and influential reference. Guido Adler was one of the few scholars who disagreed. Medieval illustrations of singers and instrumentalists were misinterpreted to reinforce this thinking. In chapter 2, "The re-invention of the a cappella hypothesis," he recounts the early reaction to this orthodoxy in the 1950s and the turning point of Christopher Page's 1977 article in Early Music. Since then, Page, Andrew Parrott and Paul Hillier have led many performances and recordings that demonstrated the sound of early music without instruments, and David Fallows supported their efforts in his writings. Two more chapters fill in the background of the arguments. National prejudices and Nazi ideology come into play, and details are provided. No one who listens to early music will want to pass up this magisterial treatment of its 20th-century evolution. The fight is not yet over, for most recordings of this music still use instruments in the fashion that Leech-Wilkinson thoroughly discredits in this engaging book.


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