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Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant & works by Dunstable, Guerrero, Palestrina, des Prez, Victoria / Seraphic Fire

Album Summary

>Anonymous, English : Alma redemptoris, plainchant (Old Hall Manuscript)
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Alma Redemptoris Mater, for 4 voices
>Chant, Gregorian : Inviolata, integra, et casta es, Maria, Marian sequence
>Desprez, Josquin : Inviolata, integra et casta es, motet for 5 parts
>Chant, Gregorian : Salve mater misericordiae
>Dunstable, John : Quam pulcra es, antiphon for 3 voices, MB 44
>Plainchant : Ave Maris Stella, hymn
>Power, Leonel : Ave Regina caelorum
>Plainchant : Salve regina, antiphon
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Salve regina, antiphon for 8 voices & organ
>Chant, Gregorian : Ave Regina caelorum
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave regina coleorum, motet for 4 voices (undated)
>Anonymous : Ave Virgo Sanctissima (Manuscrit de Jean de Jasienna BJ 2464, XVe siècle)
>Anonymous : Ave Maria
>Desprez, Josquin : Ave Maria... virgo serena, motet for 4 parts
>Chant, Gregorian : Ave mundi spes Maria
>Chant, Gregorian : Regina caeli laetare
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Regina coeli, antiphon for 5 voices
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Notes & Reviews:

With Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant, Seraphic Fire presents a definitive survey of ancient, crystalline hymns that are the foundation of the Western musical tradition. Focusing on Marian antiphons, Ave Maria spotlights the calming, restorative chants side-by-side with their eventual polyphonic adaptations. This stunning recording by Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire is an expertly informed collection of some of Western music's purest compositions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Episcopal Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (01/22/2013).



Reviews

There's something about Mary
Through the years, the Blessed Virgin has been a favorite subject in Christian art and music, with many composers inspired by the Magnificat and Stabat Mater verses. The current disc focuses on shorter Marian works from just two overlapping chronological periods--chant and the Renaissance. The words "Gregorian chant" on the cover are an understatement, since no fewer than five styles of plainsong are presented in a program alternating between the austerity of a single melodic line and the rich counterpoint of multiple vocal parts. In addition, the number of those parts varies from the customary four to as high as eight. The reverberant recording allows the sopranos (and occasionally the tenors) to soar over the group texture, but often reduces the basses to just a hint of sound rather than an equal part. Also, it's unlikely that women and men ever chanted together in that period. Those quibbles aside, it's fine singing, and one would only be inclined to complain that the disc is rather short, at less than an hour. A brief essay is included, and all the texts.
Submitted on 01/28/14 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Anonymous, English : Alma redemptoris, plainchant (Old Hall Manuscript)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Ensemble: Seraphic Fire
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Alma Redemptoris Mater, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Inviolata, integra, et casta es, Maria, Marian sequence
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1000-1000

>Desprez, Josquin : Inviolata, integra et casta es, motet for 5 parts
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1502

>Chant, Gregorian : Salve mater misericordiae
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Dunstable, John : Quam pulcra es, antiphon for 3 voices, MB 44
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1410-53.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1410-1453

>Plainchant : Ave Maris Stella, hymn
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Power, Leonel : Ave Regina caelorum
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Plainchant : Salve regina, antiphon
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Salve regina, antiphon for 8 voices & organ
  • Performers: Esteli Gomez; Owen McIntosh; Molly Quinn
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Ave Regina caelorum
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Ave regina coleorum, motet for 4 voices (undated)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : Ave Virgo Sanctissima (Manuscrit de Jean de Jasienna BJ 2464, XVe siècle)
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley

>Anonymous : Ave Maria
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Desprez, Josquin : Ave Maria... virgo serena, motet for 4 parts
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1497

>Chant, Gregorian : Ave mundi spes Maria
  • Performers: Owen McIntosh; Steven Soph
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Regina caeli laetare
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Regina coeli, antiphon for 5 voices
  • Performers: Esteli Gomez; Gitamjali Mathur (Percussion); Owen McIntosh
  • Conductor: Patrick Quigley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1572