Anonymous 4 - Secret Voices: Music from Codex Las Huelgas

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Anonymous 4 revisit their favourite era in repertoire that illuminates medieval women's affinity for the most complex polyphony of their time. Spanning the entire 13th century - from virtuosic motets and conductus to heartfelt laments and sacred songs-the remarkable Las Huelgas manuscript was compiled for a convent of aristocratic Castilian women who (in spite of a rule forbidding Cistercian nuns from singing polyphony) sang the most beautiful, advanced and demanding music from all across Gothic-era Europe.

There are elegant French love motets here, like Claustrum pudicicie/Virgo viget, which were retro-fitted with holy words for the sisters to sing. There are conductus, like Mater patris et filia, Ave maris stella and Parens patris natique, with unpredictable rhythms and lively hockets. There are also heartfelt laments, like O monialis conscio, written on the death of a beloved member of the sisterhood. The sisters had written or collected for them, virtuoso polyphony for the daily Mass as well, and we include several of these: the troped Kyrie Rex virginum and Gloria Spiritus et alme. We also get a glimpse into the musical dedication of the convent in a unique "solfeggio" exercise, Fa Fa Mi / Ut Re Mi, for the sister's music lessons, where they practiced singing their hexachords under the watchful ear of the music mistress.

The repertoire of the Las Huelgas manuscript provides the proof that Anonymous 4, far from singing 'men's music', are following in the footsteps of their much-older sisters who had no difficulty (except from their male monastic superiors) in finding and performing the most virtuosic, avant-garde polyphonic music of their time. It's time now for Anonymous 4 to bring them to life again.

Artikelnummer HMU807510
Streckkod 0093046751067
Utgivningsdatum 2011-10-12
Kategori Vokalensemble
Skivbolag Harmonia Mundi
Enhet SACD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Anonymous 4
Disk: 1
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