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Anonymous

Album Summary

>Traditional, Sephardic : Avrix mi galanica (Let Me In, My Love)
>Anonymous, German : Ich tat mir auserwahlen (I chose for myself)
>Anonymous, French : Se grasse / Cum venerint / Ite missa est, motet
>Desprez, Josquin : Cueurs desolez, song for 5 parts
>Traditional, Croatian : Bog se rodi va Betleme
>Anonymous, Italian : Biance flour
>Gombert, Nicolas : Plus oultre, for 2 lutes
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Work(s)
>Anonymous, Dutch : Den III. ende - VI. Ronde - Quatre Branles, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")
>Anonymous, English Polyphony : Eya martir Stephane, carol for 2 voices
>Anonymous, German : Sancta Maria wohn uns bei, hymn
>Chant, Gregorian : Pascha Nostrum, alleluia in mode 7 (Mass for Easter Sunday) (GR 197)
>Anonymous, German : Der Gestreifft Danntz - der Gassenhauer darauff, for lute
>Anonymous, German : Untitled work, for ensemble (from D-Mbs Mus. Ms. 3154)
>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Clauso chronos, CB 73
>Traditional, Sephardic : Esta montana d'enfrente (This Mountain in Front)
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Anonymous : Agnus Dei
>Chant, Ambrosian : Venite, benedicti patris mei, introit
>Traditional, Sephardic : Sa'dawi
>Anonymous, German : Mein Herz in hohen Freuden ist, hymn
>Anonymous, Dutch : Den I, II. ende - III. Gaillarde, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")
>Chant, Ambrosian : Si quis sermonem, psallenda
>Anonymous : Apud Dominum (antiphona) - Psalmus 129
>Cardenal, Peire : Bujo (instrumental)
>Traditional, English : Robin Hood & Maid Marian
>Anonymous, French : Tourdion
>Traditional, Turkish : Dudul
>Anonymous, Codex Faenza : Untitled (Codex Faenza)
>Arabic-Andalu, Traditional : Jalla man, hymn
>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Bacche, bene venies, CB 200
>Chant, Gregorian : Alma redemptoris mater, antiphon
>Anonymous, German : Alma chorus / O du arme Judas, motet
>Anonymous : Den hoboecken dans
>Traditional, Macedonian : Nevestinko oro
>Anonymous : In nomine
>Anonymous : Requiem aeternam (introitus) - Kyrie
>Anonymous : Kyrie Eleison
>Anonymous : Quant voi la florette, Motet
>Traditional, Jewish : Keh Moshe, chant
>Chant, Gregorian : Aurora lucis, hymn (for Easter)
>Anonymous, Troubadour : Domna, pos vos ay chausida
>Anonymous, Dutch : Den III., I. ende - VI. Ronde, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")
>Anonymous : Jay grant espoir
>Anonymous : Greensleeves (Balcarres Lute Book)
>Attaingnant, Pierre : Basse Danse "La Magdalena"
>Anonymous : O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe
>Traditional, Sephardic : Partos trocados (Babes Exchanged)
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Reviews

Anonymous 2-CD album set
This is a 2-CD set of works composed by "Anonymous." The Naxos sleeve-notes humorously tell us that Anonymous was "The ultimate no-name composer [who] was, ironically, the most prolific, versatile, and long-lived [that] the world has ever not known." Sadly, this raises a key point about this CD set: Naxos’s notes, usually excellent, leave listeners in the dark about what instruments are used for performances. In unusual CDs like these, surely all but the most casual of listeners will want to know the names of the instruments, which sound highly unusual. Vice their customary booklet, Naxos includes only a folded sheet of paper, of which half expounds, at great length, on the contributions over the centuries of many composers, both male and female, whose names remained undocumented. Of the remaining space, 1/4 is taken up with a blurry photograph of an unidentified building and Anonymous (the name of the CD set), while 3/4 is taken up with photos of previously issued Naxos CDs. I therefore chose to do some research on a few of the more unusual songs. "Düdül" (CD 2, track 1), a traditional Turkish melody, was previously issued on 8.554064. "Jálla man" (CD 2, track 3) and "Keh Moshe" (CD 2, track 13) were previously issued on 8.557637. Several tracks were previously issued on 8.553617 ("Sephardic Romances"). Some of the Flemish dances were previously issued on 8.554425 ("At the Sign of the Crumhorn"). All of these CDs have helpful program notes about the music and the period instruments. I feel strongly that Naxos should have made an effort to include more information with this 2-CD set. One title is given incorrectly as "Den, hoboecken dans"; it is written correctly as "Den hoboecken dans" on CD 8.554425. I did not track down the other songs on this 2-CD set, but it would not surprise me to find that all of them were taken from previously issued Naxos CDs. The CDs contain a remarkably wide range of songs, composed over a wide time-span, that have obviously been gathered from many different countries. I could say something about every track, but then this critique would be 6 pages long. To my ear, the performances and recorded sound are both excellent. Summary: an enjoyable 2-CD set marred only by lack of informative program notes.
Submitted on 08/28/09 by Ted Wilks 
Who was that composer?
Consider the case of Anonymous, one of the most prolific of all creative artists. A poet, playwright, painter and composer, Anonymous has been published in dozens of volumes, Anonymous’ art has been displayed in museums (and on cave walls and the sides of subway trains) across the world. Anonymous is buried in cemeteries everywhere. The Anonymous this recording celebrates is the musical Anonymous, a composer who flourished in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance and who composed in many genres. Obviously we are not speaking of one composer but one of many who wrote some highly engaging music. If you put the witty conceit aside and take the recording at face value, what we have is a very well chosen compilation of early music drawn from over a dozen Naxos recordings. What makes this work is the sheer variety of musical styles. There’s lots of chant from the East and West, troubadour songs, selections from the Medieval Carmina Burana, English songs and consort music and… You name it and it is here. This kind of compilation might be too disjointed for early music purists who want to hear all of their Carmina Burana in one sequence; all of their consort music is one set, etc. No matter, it’s an interesting mix of repertoire and certainly works as a solid introduction to early music. One small cavil – it would have been a bit more user-friendly if there was something that identified the original album from which each selection was drawn but there is only so much space in liner notes. Perhaps the somewhat cute at all costs liner notes could have been trimmed some? Rest assured though, musically this is a top-notch package. The performances are all outstanding and there is plenty of music on the two discs. Perhaps not the set for a detailed exploration of a particular genre, but it is ideal if you want to enjoy Medieval Times in your living room. Wait a minute; there were no CDs in Medieval Times…Get this one anyway!
Submitted on 08/31/09 by Craig Zeichner 
We Are Gathered for Anonymous Reasons
For listeners fascinated with early music, Naxos’ new 2-CD compilation album of music by Anonymous, the most prolific composer in music history, might offer great value. For listeners with broader tastes in classical music, it’s a slightly excessive compilation featuring a broad spectrum of vocal and instrumental works from the 15th-17th centuries. The collection might have been more effective if edited down to a single disc with more historical notes about the music and its effect on music history. For example, one version of Greensleeves, perhaps one of the most famous Anonymous tunes, seemed adequate. The second version included on disc 2 wasn’t so distinctively unique to warrant a second track. Throughout the series, one can enjoy fascinating glimpses of almost all the seeds of Western music history: examples of sacred and secular choral forms, the evolution of polyphony, dances and chamber music, the progression of art song, and even use of dissonance and atonality. All very interesting, however in smaller doses. The brief essay included in the attractive packaging seems written to simply arouse curiosity about the elusive and mysterious Anonymous as an important figure in Western music history. The package lacks any further musical explanation about each piece. But with 48 tracks, it would have been more costly to produce a more substantial booklet of information. Perhaps the collection’s most disappointing flaw is a lack of translations of the vocal texts. The performances themselves do seem well chosen from some of the world’s finest early music artistes and ensembles; but listening to this voluminous collection is much like taking a cursory stroll through a rather packed museum without learning a whole lot about the art inside. If you are producing an interesting play, scoring an artistic film, teaching a music history course, or simply curious about early Anonymous music, you might find this set useful.
Submitted on 09/19/09 by LStreby 
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Works Details

>Traditional, Sephardic : Avrix mi galanica (Let Me In, My Love)
  • Conductor: Thomas Wimmer
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.

>Anonymous, German : Ich tät mir auserwählen (I chose for myself)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.

>Anonymous, French : Se grasse / Cum venerint / Ite missa est, motet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.

>Desprez, Josquin : Cueurs desolez, song for 5 parts
  • Ensemble: Capilla Flamenca
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Croatian : Bog se rodi va Betleme
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Biance flour
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.

>Gombert, Nicolas : Plus oultre, for 2 lutes
  • Ensemble: Capilla Flamenca
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Work(s) :: Cantiga de Santa Maria no 77 & 119
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12th Century

>Anonymous, Dutch : Den III. ende - VI. Ronde - Quatre Branles, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")
  • Ensemble: Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1551

>Anonymous, English Polyphony : Eya martir Stephane, carol for 2 voices
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Oxford Camerata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1400-1450

>Anonymous, German : Sancta Maria wohn uns bei, hymn
  • Ensemble: Ciaramella
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.

>Chant, Gregorian : Pascha Nostrum, alleluia in mode 7 (Mass for Easter Sunday) (GR 197)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, German : Der Gestreifft Danntz - der Gassenhauer darauff, for lute
  • Performer: Bernhard Böhm (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.

>Anonymous, German : Untitled work, for ensemble (from D-Mbs Mus. Ms. 3154)
  • Ensemble: Ciaramella
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.

>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Clauso chronos, CB 73
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Sephardic : Esta montaña d'enfrente (This Mountain in Front)
  • Conductor: Thomas Wimmer
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.

>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
  • Conductor: Graham Derrick
  • Ensemble: Estampie
  • Notes: Composition written: 1600.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600

>Anonymous : Agnus Dei
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Ambrosian : Venite, benedicti patris mei, introit
  • Performer: Manuela Schenale (Voice)
  • Conductor: Alberto Turco
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Written: 11th Century

>Traditional, Sephardic : Sa'dâwî
  • Conductor: Thomas Wimmer
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.

>Anonymous, German : Mein Herz in hohen Freuden ist, hymn
  • Ensemble: Ciaramella
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.

>Anonymous, Dutch : Den I, II. ende - III. Gaillarde, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")
  • Ensemble: Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1551

>Chant, Ambrosian : Si quis sermonem, psallenda
  • Performer: Manuela Schenale (Voice)
  • Conductor: Alberto Turco
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.

>Anonymous : Apud Dominum (antiphona) - Psalmus 129
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.

>Cardenal, Peire : Bujo (instrumental)
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Oni Wytars
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Traditional, English : Robin Hood & Maid Marian
  • Conductor: Graham Derrick
  • Ensemble: Estampie
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.

>Anonymous, French : Tourdion
  • Performer: Bernhard Böhm (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Turkish : Düdül
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Oni Wytars
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.

>Anonymous, Codex Faenza : Untitled (Codex Faenza)
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.

>Arabic-Andalu, Traditional : Jalla man, hymn
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Oni Wytars
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Bacche, bene venies, CB 200
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Oni Wytars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Alma redemptoris mater, antiphon
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Ensemble: Oxford Camerata
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, German : Alma chorus / O du arme Judas, motet
  • Ensemble: Ciaramella
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.

>Anonymous : Den hoboecken dans
  • Ensemble: Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.

>Traditional, Macedonian : Nevestinko oro
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : In nomine
  • Conductor: Catherine King
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.

>Anonymous : Requiem aeternam (introitus) - Kyrie
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : Kyrie Eleison
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Oni Wytars
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : Quant voi la florette, Motet
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Traditional, Jewish : Keh Moshe, chant
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Oni Wytars
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Written: 11th Century

>Chant, Gregorian : Aurora lucis, hymn (for Easter)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Troubadour : Domna, pos vos ay chausida
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Anonymous, Dutch : Den III., I. ende - VI. Ronde, for ensemble ("Inden Cromhorn")
  • Ensemble: Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1551

>Anonymous : Jay grant espoir
  • Conductor: Michael Posch
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Unicorn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Greensleeves (Balcarres Lute Book)
  • Conductor: Graham Derrick
  • Ensemble: Estampie
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1600

>Attaingnant, Pierre : Basse Danse "La Magdalena"
  • Performer: Bernhard Böhm (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe
  • Conductor: Catherine King
  • Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Sephardic : Partos trocados (Babes Exchanged)
  • Conductor: Thomas Wimmer
  • Ensemble: Accentus (Chamber Choir)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.