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Secret Voices: Chant & Polyphony from the Las Huelgas Codex, c. 1300 Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
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From some background information, 'The Codex Las Huelgas is a music manuscript or codex from c. 1300 which originated in and has remained in the Cistercian convent of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas in Burgos, in northern Spain. The convent was a wealthy one which had connections with the royal family of Castile. The manuscript was rediscovered in 1904 by two Benedictine monks who were researching Gregorian chant. The manuscript contains 45 monophonic pieces (20 sequences, 5 conductus, 10 Benedicamus tropes) and 141 polyphonic compositions. Most of the music dates from the late 13th century, with some music from the first half of the 13th century (Notre Dame repertory), and a few later additions from the first quarter of the 14th century. Many of the pieces are not found in any other manuscripts. It is written on parchment, with the staves written in red ink with Franconian notation. The bulk of material is written in one hand, although as many as 12 people contributed to it, including corrections and later additions. Johannes Roderici (Juan Rodríguez in modern Spanish) inscribed his name in a number of places in the manuscript. He may have composed a couple of the pieces in the manuscript, as well as being scribe, compiler, and corrector, according to his own inscriptions. The manuscript was intended for use in performance, and raises questions regarding performance practice of the pieces it contains, especially the polyphonic repertory.Read more ›
i went to school with one of the vocalists.
whenever we need a calming mood, one of us will say: "put the girls on."
if early music aint your bag, dont bother.
if extraordinary musicianship that produces a mind blowing ethereal experience is, buy it.
I did not notice that this CD is a Hybrid SACD - DSD before I purchased it, so that's my fault. Not that I would have known what that means (I had to do some research on it), but I should have paid better attention to the details. I had no idea there were different types of audio CD's, but there are, and this kind won't play in my home CD player. I'll pay closer attention in the future.
Bottom line.... the music is beautiful, but make sure that you have the hardware to play the CD before you purchase it.
to an incredibly high standard. The excel performing music from this era.
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Beautiful music. I guess they're done; but get this and experience some love.Published 8 months ago by Patrick T. Narcisi
I like Anonymous 4 and have many of their recordings. The music on this CD is great but I don't feel it is one of their better recordings.Published 23 months ago by James E. Rodgers
I listened it the first time at a small intimate luncheon with close friends. it suited the ocassion quite well: thoughtful and uplifting.Published on January 8, 2013 by Molly H