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Magister Leoninus - Sacred Music from 12th Century Paris / Red Byrd, Cappella Amsterdam, et al

Album Summary

>Leonin : Magnus liber organi
Conductors Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Leoninus and Perotinus dominated the twelfth-century musical world. Both were reputedly based at Notre Dame in Paris, and Leoninus was responsible for the Magnus liber organi, the "Big Book of organum" (an organum being a polyphonic setting of plainchant), which is widely regarded as the single greatest achievement in the development of early polyphony.

”It is good to have this available to collectors who may have discovered the era more recently, and presumably the second disc will follow it. Well worth the modest price.”-Fanfare

'Sung with beguiling beauty. These readings renew our sense of wonder at western music's most fundamental innovation - the sound of two voices simultaneously singing different lines that not only fit with, but also enhance, each other' (The Sunday Times)

'A fine contribution to the repertoire on disc of twelfth-century polyphony. A composite sound of great beauty' (Gramophone)

'Marvellously atmospheric. A rare and highly rewarding disc. Brilliant performances of neglected treasures' (Classic CD)

'Avec un splendide choeur pour le plain-chant, Red Byrd proposent une rencontre vivante et vibrante avec Léonin' (Répertoire, France)

'Absolutely stunning. Lost music re-born' (BBC Music Magazine)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grote Kerk Naarden (12/04/1996-12/05/1996).



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>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Non vos relinquam orphanos (Alleluya) (Mass on Ascension Sunday)
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 11th Century

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Dulce lignum, dulces clavos (Alleluya) (Mass on the Finding of the Holy Cross)
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 11th Century

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Spiritus Sanctus procedens (Alleluya) (Matins on Sunday at Pentecost)
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 11th Century

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Paraclitus Spiritus Sanctus (Alleluya) (Vespers on Thursday at Pentecost)
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 11th Century

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Priusquam te formarem (Mass on The Nativity of St. John the Baptist)
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 11th Century

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Inter natos mulierum (Alleluya) (Second Vespers on the Nativity of St. John the
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 11th Century

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Viderunt omnes fines terre (Mass on Christmas Day)
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 11th Century

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Dies sanctificatus illuxit nobis (Alleluya) (Matins on Christmas Day)
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 11th Century

>Léonin (circa 1130 - 1201) : Magnus liber organi :: Pascha nostrum immolatus est (Alleluya) (Mass and Vespers on Easter Day)
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Notes: Grote Kerk Naarden, Netherlands (12/04/1996-12/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 11th Century