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Marie et Marion - Motets & Chansons from 13th Century France / Anonymous 4

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Mater Dei / Mater Virgo / Eius
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : He mere diu / La virge marie / APTATUR (Mo 146), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : A la clarte qui tout / ET ILLUMINARE (Mo 189), motet for 2 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Marie assumptio afficiat / Hujus chori suscipe / (Tenor) (Mo 322), motet for 2 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : De la gloriouse fenix, chanson
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Ave lux luminum / Salve virgo rubens / NEUMA (Mo 56), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Plus joliement c'onques / Quant li douz tans / PORTARE (Mo 257), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Volez vous que je vous chant, reverdie
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : J'ai les biens / Que ferai biau sire / IN SECULUM (Mo 138), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Que ferai biaus sire / Ne puet faillir / DESCENDENTIBUS (Mo 77), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Pensif, chief enclin, motet
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : L'autre jour par un matinet / Hier matinet trouvai / ITE MISSA EST (Mo 261), for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Quant florist la violete / El mois de mai / ET GAUDEBIT (Mo 135), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Sans orgueil et sans envie / (MAIOR) IOHAN(NE) (Mo 225), motet for 2 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Trois serors sor rive mer, motet
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Amors me fait commencier, chanson
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : En mai quant rosier / L'autre jour par un matin / HE RESVELLE TOI ROBIN (Mo 269), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Pucelete bele / Je languis / Domino, motet (Codex Montpellier)
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Diex qui porroit / En grant dolour / APTATUR (Mo 278), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Pour chou que j'aim / Li joli tans / KYRIELEISON (Mo 299), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : J'ai un cuer trop lait, chanson
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Par une matinee / Mellis stilla / DOMINO (Mo 40), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Or voi je bien / Eximium decus / VIRGO (Mo 273), motet for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Plus belle que flor/Quant revient/L'autrier joer/Flos Filius Eius, motet for 4 voices
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
In some senses this is an anniversary recording, in that Anonymous 4 has returned 20 years later to the same famous manuscript of 13th Century motets preserved at Montpellier. When Love's Illusion was released in 1994 (Harmonia Mundi 907109), it was the ensembles's third recording, and the repertoire fit the voices of the four women perfectly. As in every Anonymous 4 release, Susan Hellauer has supplied a perceptive essay on the music, and there are full texts and translations. Whether you are an Anonymous 4 groupie, or an afficionado of medieval music, this new release is essential.

Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. On their 1994 album Love's Illusion, the extraordinary quartet brought 13th century motets of courtly love from the Montpellier Codex to the top of the classical charts - spending 29 weeks on the Billboard Top 200. Twenty years later, they return to the source - this time exploring songs with texts that juxtapose desire for the earthly lady Marion and adoration of the heavenly Virgin Mary.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
An interesting and intelligent programme...Gorgeous music, gorgeously sung with absolute transparency.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
Almong these minor gems shining through the mists of eight centuries, there are some that stand out for sheer musical imagination...Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek shows us just what subtle vocal expression can bring to this repertory.

Early Music Review, June 2014
The singing is impressive ... I can recommend it strongly.

The Telegraph, 26th June 2014
Anonymous 4 are making their farewell in the 2015-16 season, but this new disc shows no sign of any tailing off either in expertise or in the haunting nature of the music they have chosen to sing. [Plus bele que flor's] mix of stark harmony, richness of fabric and vocal embellishment conveys the essence of Anonymous 4's remarkable art.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North An (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North An (08/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013).



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>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Mater Dei / Mater Virgo / Eius
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : He mere diu / La virge marie / APTATUR (Mo 146), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : A la clarte qui tout / ET ILLUMINARE (Mo 189), motet for 2 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Marie assumptio afficiat / Hujus chori suscipe / (Tenor) (Mo 322), motet for 2 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : De la gloriouse fenix, chanson
  • Performer: Ruth Cunningham (Voice)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Ave lux luminum / Salve virgo rubens / NEUMA (Mo 56), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Plus joliement c'onques / Quant li douz tans / PORTARE (Mo 257), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Volez vous que je vous chant, reverdie
  • Performer: Susan Hellauer (Voice)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : J'ai les biens / Que ferai biau sire / IN SECULUM (Mo 138), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Que ferai biaus sire / Ne puet faillir / DESCENDENTIBUS (Mo 77), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Pensif, chief enclin, motet
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : L'autre jour par un matinet / Hier matinet trouvai / ITE MISSA EST (Mo 261), for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Quant florist la violete / El mois de mai / ET GAUDEBIT (Mo 135), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Sans orgueil et sans envie / (MAIOR) IOHAN(NE) (Mo 225), motet for 2 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Trois serors sor rive mer, motet
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Amors me fait commencier, chanson
  • Performer: Marsha Genensky (Voice)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : En mai quant rosier / L'autre jour par un matin / HE RESVELLE TOI ROBIN (Mo 269), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Pucelete bele / Je languis / Domino, motet (Codex Montpellier)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Diex qui porroit / En grant dolour / APTATUR (Mo 278), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Pour chou que j'aim / Li joli tans / KYRIELEISON (Mo 299), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : J'ai un cuer trop lait, chanson
  • Performer: Jacqueline Horner (Voice)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Par une matinee / Mellis stilla / DOMINO (Mo 40), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Or voi je bien / Eximium decus / VIRGO (Mo 273), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Montpellier MS : Plus belle que flor/Quant revient/L'autrier joer/Flos Filius Eius, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (05/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (05/2013); Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA (08/2013); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts (08/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1280