Conductus Vol.2: Music & poetry from thirteenth-century France | Hyperion CDA67998

Conductus Vol.2: Music & poetry from thirteenth-century France


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA67998

Barcode: 0034571179988

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th November 2013



A second volume of music from the Conductus repertory - the least-known genre of medieval music, the ‘poor relation’ of organum and motets - performed by three singers who combine expert knowledge of the music with voices of unearthly beauty.

This album contains poems set to music from thirteenth-century England and France. The subjects range from straightforward exhortations to the Virgin Mary, to criticisms of the Papal Curia and a depiction of the student riots in Orléans in 1236.

Track Listing:
1. Bulla fulminante (unmeasured)
2. Ave, virga decoris incliti
3. Celorum porta
4. Quid ultra tibi facere
5. Gaude, virgo virginum
6. Veste nuptiali (unmeasured)
7. Ave, tuos benedic (two-part)
8. Ave Maria Salus hominum
9. Dic, Christi veritas (monophonic)
10. Ave, tuos benedic (three-part)
11. Excutere de pulvere
12. Librum clausum et signatum
13. Aurelianis civitas
14. Dic, Christi veritas (three-part)
15. Veste nuptiali (measured)
16. Naturas Deus regulis
17. Bulla fulminante (measured)

There have been remarkably few recordings of the conductus repertory- those marvellous settings of mainly accentual Latin goliardic poetry from the years around 1200 … John Potter is one of the most experienced singers in the world for this kind of music and he is magically balanced by the glorious voice of the much younger Christopher O’Gorman. For the three-voice pieces the still impeccable Rogers Covey-Crump joins them … these are seriously classy performances’ - Gramophone (on Vol.1)

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