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The head of Christ by An anonymous 12th-century Spanish artist
Track(s) taken from CDA67039
Recording details: January 1998
Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 1998
Total duration: 3 minutes 50 seconds

'A truly fascinating compilation' (Gramophone)

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Jerusalem! grant damage me fais
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In this song the longing for Jerusalem becomes a wounded disdain for the Holy City, expressed by a woman whose lover has embarked for a crusade. To save this remarkable poem from silence – it has survived without the music it was clearly intended to have – the editor has composed a setting in the style of a grand chant. The attribution in the unique source to the trouvère Gautier d’Epinal (died c1271) has been generally rejected.

from notes by Christopher Page © 1998

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