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Conductus, Vol. 1 - Music & Poetry from Thirteenth-Century France / John Potter, tenor; Christopher OÆGorman, tenor; Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor

Audio Samples

>Anonymous, French : Quo vadis, quo progrederis?
>Anonymous, French : Genitus divinitus, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Quod promisit ab eterno, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Artium dignitas, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Relegentur ab area, for 3 voices
>Anonymous, French : Qui servare puberem
>Anonymous, French : Ut non ponam, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Porta salutis, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Ista dies celebrari, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Stephani sollempnia, for 3 voices
>Anonymous, French : Beate virginis, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Heu quo progreditur, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, Notre Dame School : Stella serena, conductus a 3

Album Summary

>Anonymous, French : Quo vadis, quo progrederis?
>Anonymous, French : Genitus divinitus, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Quod promisit ab eterno, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Artium dignitas, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Relegentur ab area, for 3 voices
>Anonymous, French : Qui servare puberem
>Anonymous, French : Ut non ponam, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Porta salutis, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Ista dies celebrari, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Stephani sollempnia, for 3 voices
>Anonymous, French : Beate virginis, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, French : Heu quo progreditur, for 2 voices
>Anonymous, Notre Dame School : Stella serena, conductus a 3
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Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion has long been a champion of music from the Medieval era. Combining the highest levels of scholarship with brilliant musicianship and award-winning recordings, Hyperion has helped open the ears of a generation of listeners to the musical riches of the Middles Ages. On this intriguing release, John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump offer a selection of music from the Ars antiqua period. Focusing on a genre of sacred vocal works called the Conductus, the singers explore Western music's first experiments in polyphony. Extensive booklet notes by musicologist Mark Everist probe into the intricacies of performance practice as well as analyzing the music and poetry in context.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
Everything is immaculately clean: every passing dissonance is dead in place and nothing extrinsic is added to the music. It sounds lovely. What is just slightly odd about these performances is that they seem not to make much distinction between songs in praise of the Virgin Mary, songs of political anger and songs about a whore...But these are seriously classy performances.

The Observer, September 2012
The poems are about life, death, salvation and, naturally, the frail virtues of women...Three tenors - John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump - deliver these explorations with unerring skill and conviction.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
Conductus proves that ascetic simplicity can be as deeply moving and aesthetically breath-taking as the mst complex, heart-on-sleeve music...It's hardly necessary to mention they are superb, their precise diction well-served by Jeremy Summerly's production and Julian Millard's engineering.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
At first much of the recording sounds like an academic exercise, and along with the excellent notes by Mark Everist, it does form the first comprehensive recording devoted to this medieval genre. I found that after a few more opportunities to sit and listen to these (I would strongly recommend following along with the idiomatic translations), the subtleties of both the music and the performance became more evident. As one of my teachers termed both the conductus and the early motet, this was truly "clerical chamber music", filled with verbal games and intricate meanings, all reflecting the new musical world of Paris around 1200.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Chu (10/26/2011-10/28/2011).



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Works Details

>Anonymous, French : Quo vadis, quo progrederis?
  • Performer: John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Genitus divinitus, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Quod promisit ab eterno, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Artium dignitas, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Relegentur ab area, for 3 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Qui servare puberem
  • Performer: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice)
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Ut non ponam, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Qui servare puberem
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Porta salutis, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Ista dies celebrari, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Qui servare puberem
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Stephani sollempnia, for 3 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Beate virginis, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Qui servare puberem
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Heu quo progreditur, for 2 voices
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Notre Dame School : Stella serena, conductus a 3
  • Performers: Christopher O'Gorman (Voice); Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); John Potter
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, St. Margaret's Church, York, England (10/26/2011-10/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval