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The Earliest Songbook in England / Gothic Voices

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : Verbum patris humanatur (conduit)
>Anonymous : In hoc ortus occidente
>Anonymous : Regis cuius potentia
>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Ecce torpet probitas, CB 3
>Anonymous : Magno gaudens gaudio
>Chant, Gregorian : Rerum deus conditor
>Anonymous : Cantu miro summa laude
>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Vacillantis trutine, CB 108
>Anonymous : In natali novi regis
>Anonymous : Diastematica
>Anonymous : Divino maduit
>Anonymous : Virgo mater salvatoris
>Anonymous : Thronus regis instauratur, versus for chorus
>Anonymous : Benedicamus domino
>Anonymous : Adulari nesciens
>Anonymous : Agnus Dei
>Anonymous : Ad honorem salvatoris
>Anonymous : Argumenta faluntur fisice
>Anonymous : Flos floriger
>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Licet ager cum egrotis, CB 8
>Traditional, Christmas : Ad cantus leticie, conductus (12th c., English)
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Notes & Reviews:

Probably copied around 1200, this songbook was discarded within a generation or so and used as flyleaves for another book. It was poorly written, decayed and damp, marred by stains and the ravages of time, but because the pages were being used for another purpose, some unknown benefactor preserved this wealth of music and poetry. The songbook then remained hidden for some six hundred years.

This recording is an almost complete anthology of songs from the booklet. It isn't known where it was copied, but it is believed to be an important religious foundation that housed by chance a few unusually keen singers. Many of the pieces are associated with major feasts of the liturgical year, including some which fall in the intensely festive period between Christmas and New Year's Day. The tone of many of the texts is therefore joyful.

"Helps us to understand how far advanced the music of the 13th century had become, while still appreciating its own brand of beauty. Gothic Voices has the skill to bring it all to life, as they do everything they touch. This is a permanent addition to any good medieval collection" -Fanfare

"Another happy triumph for Christopher Page and his team. As usual with Gothic Voices the singing is seamless and utterly beyond criticism. A perfect hour's listening." -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999.



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>Traditional, Christmas : Verbum patris humanatur (conduit)
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Steve Harold; Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Ensemble: Gothic Voices
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous : In hoc ortus occidente
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.

>Anonymous : Regis cuius potentia
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Steve Harold
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.

>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Ecce torpet probitas, CB 3
  • Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.

>Anonymous : Magno gaudens gaudio
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.

>Chant, Gregorian : Rerum deus conditor
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.

>Anonymous : Cantu miro summa laude
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Steve Harold
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.

>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Vacillantis trutine, CB 108
  • Performer: Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : In natali novi regis
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.

>Anonymous : Diastematica
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.

>Anonymous : Divino maduit
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Steve Harold
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : Virgo mater salvatoris
  • Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.

>Anonymous : Thronus regis instauratur, versus for chorus
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Benedicamus domino :: Spiritus almi
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Steve Harold
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999

>Anonymous : Adulari nesciens
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.

>Anonymous : Agnus Dei :: Qui pius est factus
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Steve Harold; Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : Adulari nesciens
  • Performers: Steve Harold; Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.

>Anonymous : Ad honorem salvatoris
  • Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.

>Anonymous : Argumenta faluntur fisice
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.

>Anonymous : Flos floriger
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Steve Harold
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Carmina Burana : Licet ager cum egrotis, CB 8
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Christmas : Ad cantus leticie, conductus (12th c., English)
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Steve Harold
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Notes: 12/02/1999-12/04/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Christmas