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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55273
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: 3 minutes 8 seconds

'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)

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Introduction
A number of motet voices survive, detached from the motets to which they belong, and set down as free-standing secular songs. Here we have taken the Motetus of a two-part motet and present it as an independent song, first as it survives in a motet, and then with editorial ornaments based upon what can be deduced about thirteenth-centry ornamentation from musical and theoretical sources.

from notes by Christopher Page

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