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Vita de S Francesco: La Morte del Cavaliere de Celano (detail) by Giotto (c1270-1337)
Basilica di Francesco, Assisi
Track(s) taken from CDH55293
Recording details: May 1991
Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: October 1991
Total duration: 3 minutes 34 seconds

'These performances reach an unrivalled level of excellence … and show just how marvellous medieval music can be' (BBC Record Review)

'The beauty of this once-so-remote music is all immaculately tuned and articulated: what else do you expect from Gothic Voices? … I hope those who didn't collect the set first time are doing so now' (Early Music Review)

'A revelatory disc. If the ravishing sound of the ensemble does not convince you that this music is of the highest quality, then nothing will' (The Good CD Guide)

Plus bele que flors / Quant revient / L'autrier jouer / FLOS FILIUS EIUS
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Other recordings available for download
Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor)
Introduction
The Quadruplum is an unusual one; it has a strict syllable count (all the lines having five syllables) and a rigorous ABAB rhyme-scheme throughout. This is matched in the setting. The minor triad which opens the piece—and the major triad which provides its penultimate sonority—shows the kind of strategic dissonance (for so these combinations of intervals were classified) that is to be found in the thirteenth-century motet. On the whole, however, this is a remarkably restrained and mellifluous piece and one that reveals the beauty of sound which thirteenth-century composers often achieved.

from notes by Christopher Page 1990


Other albums featuring this work
'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' (CDH55273)
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
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