Sacred Songs of France Volume 1, 1198-1624

Gloriæ Dei Cantores

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

For most of our European-based history, we were over-generous in claiming credit for developments in art and culture that we actually borrowed and adapted from other cultures. We are correcting that bias, but we should not let a growing awareness of our global heritage dim our appreciation of the treasures of post-Classical Western civilization. Medievalists, always defensive in the face of apologists who teach that the Renaissance was the actual moment the West awakened from its long sleep, wait in patient longing for those who would read deeper and think more creatively (and dare one say spiritually?) about what those centuries bequeathed to humanity.

This recording begins with one gift from the Middle Ages that can be mined as pure gold. Imagine a world where music is rhythmic, percussivedriven— often sophisticated—but linear, like this line of type. Somewhere, someone had the absolutely new vision (even if it was thought to be a reinvention of a classical idea) of moving into the vertical realm. Music acquired an entirely new dimension, and from this evolved multiple-voice writing of all stripes, even the creation of a widely usable system of notating music. Here began Bach and the masters of polyphony; here began Beethoven and the possibility of a symphony; here began every ethnomusicologist’s ability to transcribe folk and tribal sounds from the world; here is jazz, here is pop, here is rock.

Tracklist

1.
Haec dies
01:40
2.
Viderunt omnes
09:17
3.
Benedicta es caelorum Regina
07:00
4.
Crux triumphans
05:42
5.
Quaeramus cum pastoribus Verbum incarnatum
03:56
6.
Ave Maria
03:37
7.
Miserere mei, Deus
16:59
8.
Sancta Trinitas
03:03
9.
Gabriel angelus locutus est Mariae
02:49
10.
Unde veniet auxilium mihi
06:15
11.
O vos omnes
01:34
12.
Maria Magdalene
05:50
13.
Caecilia virgo gloriosa
02:46
14.
Jesus nait tendre et bleme
02:47
15.
Gloria in excelsis
01:47
16.
Noel! Sors de ton lit
02:08

Total time: 01:17:10

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Original Recording Format

Mastering Engineer

Mark Donahue

Producer

Blanton Alspaugh, Richard K. Pugsley

Recording Engineer

John Newton, Byeong-Joon Kwang

Recording location

Church of the Transfiguration

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

GDCD056

Release Date April 4, 2014
SKU GDCD056

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Fanfare Magazine

“As an overview of French Renaissance vocal music, this program is assembled well and beautifully sung. This disc offers a good many unusual selections representing the period.”

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