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Conductus Vol.2 - Music & Poetry from 13th century France / John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump, tenors

Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion presents a second volume of music from the Conductus repertory - the least-known genre of medieval music - performed by tenors John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump, three singers who combine expert knowledge of the music with voices of unearthly beauty. This album contains poems set to music from thirteenth-century England and France. The subjects range from straightforward exhortations to the Virgin Mary to criticisms of the Papal Curia and a depiction of the student riots in Orléans in 1236.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
As in the previous release, some songs are given alternating unmeasured and measured performances, reflecting the equivocal nature of modern interpretations of the medieval notation. Also, as in the previous release, the booklet includes a concise and informative essay by Mark Everist, full texts and idiomatic English translations. These again demonstrate the care and musicianship of the three singers who have undertaken this project.


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