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Sacred Songs of France, Vol. 1: 1198-1609 / Gloriae dei Cantores, Patterson

Audio Samples

>Leonin : Work(s)
>     Haec dies
>Pérotin : Viderunt omnes
>Desprez, Josquin : Benedicta es, coelourum regina, motet for 6 parts
>Compere, Loyset : Crux triumphans
>Mouton, Jean : Quaeramus Cum Pastoribus, for 4 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Ave Maria Gemma Virginum
>Desprez, Josquin : Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts
>Févin, Antoine de : Sancta Trinitas
>Genet), Carpentras (Elzear : Gabriel angelus locutus est Mariae
>Passereau, Pierre : Unde veniet auxilium mihi
>Mantua, Jacquet of : O vos omnes
>Dulot, Francois : Maria Magdalene
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Caecilia virgo gloriosa
>Arbeau, Thoinot : Jesus nait tendre et bleme
>Goudimel, Claude : Gloria in excelsis
>Caurroy, Eustache du : Noel! Sors de ton lit

Album Summary

>Leonin : Work(s)
>Pérotin : Viderunt omnes
>Desprez, Josquin : Benedicta es, coelourum regina, motet for 6 parts
>Compere, Loyset : Crux triumphans
>Mouton, Jean : Quaeramus Cum Pastoribus, for 4 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Ave Maria Gemma Virginum
>Desprez, Josquin : Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts
>Févin, Antoine de : Sancta Trinitas
>Genet), Carpentras (Elzear : Gabriel angelus locutus est Mariae
>Passereau, Pierre : Unde veniet auxilium mihi
>Mantua, Jacquet of : O vos omnes
>Dulot, Francois : Maria Magdalene
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Caecilia virgo gloriosa
>Arbeau, Thoinot : Jesus nait tendre et bleme
>Goudimel, Claude : Gloria in excelsis
>Caurroy, Eustache du : Noel! Sors de ton lit
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On their recording Sacred Songs of France, the first disc in a three-volume French choral pilgrimage, the acclaimed American choir Gloriae Dei Cantores takes listeners on a journey from the earliest days of organum in the Middle Ages to the delights of seventeenth century polyphony. This fascinating collection samples the musical genius and spiritual art of celebrated composers such as Josquin des Prez, and their lesser-known compatriots including Dulot, Goudimel and Mouton. Scholars will appreciate this disc for the generous survey it provides, while choral fans will love the grace, beauty and remarkable clarity of this glorious music.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
This remains one of my all-time favorite choirs, consisting of up to 50 incredibly dedicated amateur singers. They sing only sacred music, and have left very few sacred stones. I have found very few other choirs - amateur or professional - that can match them for sheer spiritual intensity and sincerity. And so it is here; they have distilled every last drop of sacred essence from these pieces, while delivering them with gorgeous tonal richness and admirable technical facility. The Church of the Ascension of Orleans, MA - their home church - offers effulgent and airy acoustic properties that do much (along with superb SACD engineering) to make their singing a joy to the ear as well as to the soul. If you don't yet know these artists, give this a try and find out what you've been missing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Transfiguration (06/2012).



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Works Details

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Work(s) :: Haec dies
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Ensemble: Gloriae dei Cantores
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Pérotin (Composer) (circa 1160 - circa 1230) : Viderunt omnes
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1198

>Desprez, Josquin : Benedicta es, coelourum regina, motet for 6 parts
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1500-1521

>Loyset Compère (1445 - 1518) : Crux triumphans
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1490

>Mouton, Jean : Quaeramus Cum Pastoribus, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1510

>Mouton, Jean : Ave Maria Gemma Virginum
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1510s

>Desprez, Josquin : Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 16 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Antoine de Févin (1475 - 1512) : Sancta Trinitas
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Genet), Carpentras (Elzear : Gabriel angelus locutus est Mariae
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Passereau, Pierre : Unde veniet auxilium mihi
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mantua, Jacquet of : O vos omnes
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dulot, Francois : Maria Magdalene
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Caecilia virgo gloriosa
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Arbeau, Thoinot : Jésus nait tendre et blême
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Goudimel, Claude : Gloria in excelsis
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Caurroy, Eustache du : Noël! Sors de ton lit
  • Conductor: Elizabeth Patterson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance