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Par un matinet/Hé, sire!/Hé, bergier!/EIUS

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Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor)
Recording details: March 1990
Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1990
Total duration: 4 minutes 37 seconds
 
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Reviews

'A wonderful collection. Lusciously sung sensuous music … a remarkable addition to the distinguished series of records from Gothic Voices' (Gramophone)

'Gothic Voices at its most imaginative. The group's choice of repertory is sublime and the freedom of its interpretation is bracing. Recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A compelling musical experience and a provocative intellectual one' (The Good CD Guide)

'Somptueux!' (Diapason, France)

'Compacto absolutamente recomendable' (CD Compact, Spain)
Here, as in Trois sereurs, are three closely related texts which welcome a sequential presentation. Isolating the three parts helps to emphasize how well formed they are and also how homogeneous is their style; they share a preference for stepwise motion, for a virtually identical range and tessitura, and for a shared repertoire of ornaments. When they are combined and each part competes for attention, we hear the kind of exhilarating tangle and clamour which was so attractive to thirteenth-century listeners, and which restores to the perfect consonances—where all the parts agree in fifths and octaves—the almost magical power which medieval music theory attributed to them.

from notes by Christopher Page © 1990