Gothic Voices: Mary Star of the Sea | Linn CKD541

Gothic Voices: Mary Star of the Sea

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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD541

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 23rd September 2016



Gothic Voices, the world-famous early music ensemble, makes its Linn debut with a recording celebrating the biblical matriarch Mary. Pieces from contemporary composers Joanne Metcalf and Andrew Smith sit alongside settings of Marian texts from the 13th and 14th centuries. Notably, there is a rare setting of an English biblical text which precedes the first publication of an English language bible by 150 years.

Mary in her various guises – caring mother, virgin lover, guiding light – is explored through settings of ancient ritualistic texts showing her mythical and human aspects, whilst contemporary settings relate the themes to the modern day. The contemporary works are cleverly constructed around a modal core so that they fit perfectly with the structure and sound of the early music compositions.

With over thirty years experience, Gothic Voices’ complete understanding of every aspect of early music performance is exceptional. Throughout its career Gothic Voices has been world-renowned for the excellence, refinement and spirituality of its performances of medieval music and has appeared throughout Europe and in the Americas.

Originally founded in 1980 by the scholar and musician Christopher Page, Gothic Voices has gone on to release over twenty recordings, three of which havew won the coveted Gramophone Early Music Award.

With imaginative programmes using voices in varying combinations to produce authoritative performances of great beauty, Gothic Voices has won the appreciation of audiences all over the world. Gothic Voices’ wonderfully evocative sound world resulted in over a million sales of its debut featuring the music of Hildegard of Bingen.

‘Their lively expressive performances are first class.’ - The Daily Telegraph

‘With intonation and ensemble of this consistency, it is possible to revel… in sheer sonority…’ - Gramophone

‘… sustenance for the soul, a short cut to bliss…’ - The Times

1. Metcalf - Il nome del bel fior, Part I: Maria I
2. Anon. - Stillat in stellam radium
3. Metcalf - Music for the Star of the Sea
4. Anon. - Stella maris illustrans omnia
5. Metcalf - Il nome del bel fior, Part V: Maria III
6. Anon. - Laetetur caeli curia
7. Anon. - Tronus regis
8. Dunstaple: Beata mater
9. Smert - Ave, decus saeculi
10. Dunstaple - Ave maris stella
11. Metcalf - Il nome del bel fior, Part IV: Il nome del bel fior
12. Anon. - Dou way, Robyn / Sancta mater gratiae
13. Godric of Finchale - Crist and Sainte Marie
14. Anon. - Sancta Maria virgo
15. Anon. - Stond wel, Moder, under rode
16. Power - Beata progenies
17. Smith - Stond wel, Moder, under rode - Part I
18. Anon. - Iesu, fili virginis
19. Anon. - Pia mater salvatoris
20. Smith - Stond wel, Moder, under rode - Part II
21. Anon. - Gaude, Maria virgo
22. Anon. - Alleluia psallat / Alleluia concinat - Virga Jesse

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