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The Hilliard Ensemble : discography


ECM New Series 1504

Playing time: 77'15

Recorded January 1993
Stadtkirche Gönningen

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Codex Speciálník

Music from a Prague manuscript c 1500


The Hilliard Ensemble


Contents:

 1.  Exordium quadruplate / Nate dei / Concrepet / Verbum caro 
Anonymous
[1:45] 
 2.  Tria sunt munera / Videntes stellam / Reges Tharsis 
Anonymous
[1:24] 
 3.  In natali domini 
Anonymous
[2:34] 
 4.  Sophia nascitur / O quam pulchra / Magi videntes 
Anonymous
[1:37] 
 5.  Congaudemus pariter 
Anonymous
[1:39] 
 6.  Magnum miraculum 
Anonymous
[2:43] 
 7.  Nobis est natus 
Anonymous
[2:29] 
 8.  Salve mater gracie 
Anonymous
[2:05] 
 9.  Christus iam surrexit / Terra tremuit / Angelus domini / Surrexit Christus 
Anonymous
[1:10] 
 10.  Presulem ephebeatum 
Petrus de Grudencz (c 1400-1480)
[3:29] 
 11.  Paraneuma eructemus 
Petrus de Grudencz
[1:14] 
 12.  Presidiorum erogatrix 
Petrus de Grudencz
[3:26] 
 13.  Pneuma eucaristiarum / Veni vere illustrator / Dator eya / Paraclito tripudia 
Petrus de Grudencz
[3:17] 
 14.  Terrigenarum plasmator 
Anonymous
[4:08] 
 15.  Pulcherrima rosa 
Anonymous
[1:44] 
 16.  Chorus iste 
Johannes Touront (fl c 1450-1480)
[2:21] 
 17.  Bud' buohu chvála cest 
Gontrásek (fl late C15)
[2:28] 
 18.  O virens virginum 
Alexander Agricola (c 1446-1506)
[2:01] 
 19.  Kyrie Petite Camusette 
Anonymous
[2:57] 
 20.  Gloria Petite Camusette 
Anonymous
[6:01] 
 21.  Tota pulchra es 
John Plummer (c 1410-c 1484)
[4:48] 
 22.  Credo Petite Camusette 
Anonymous
[5:55] 
 23.  Ave pura tu puella 
Anonymous
[3:19] 
 24.  Sanctus Petite Camusette 
Anonymous
[7:09] 
 25.  Ave Maria 
Josquin Desprez (1440-1521)
[5:28] 


Performers:

David James
Rogers Covey-Crump
John Potter
Gordon Jones


Reviews:

What century are we in? You may ask that when you hear the first 10 seconds of this very unusual recording of music "from a Prague manuscript c. 1500." Strange, too, is the title, which is the name of this "special songbook," one of the oldest surviving collections of Czech renaissance polyphony. The attention-getting opening piece is an example of a multiple-texted motet in which several sets of words are sung at the same time. But the textual chaos of this anonymous work is quickly followed by more refined works--the familiar "In natali domini," the haunting "Magnum miraculum," the exquisitely tender "Salve mater gracie," and the heartbreakingly beautiful "Presidiorum erogatrix," to name only four of many. Some of the pieces here are original Czech works; others are "imported" from well-known European composers, such as Josquin and Agricola. The four male voices of the Hilliard Ensemble submit for our approval another of their trademark flawless performances--and leave us with only one choice: we have to have it. --David Vernier