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|Anonymous 4, Marsha Genensky|
An English Ladymass: Medieval Chant and Polyphony
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
13th 14th century Chant Polyphony in honor of the Virgin Mary. Recommended in Laura Berquist Medieval English Spanish Hist/Geog/Lit Syllabus Laura Berquist Medieval European Hist/Geog/Lit Syllabus Artist: Ruth Cunningham, ... more »
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13th 14th century Chant Polyphony in honor of the Virgin Mary. Recommended in Laura Berquist Medieval English Spanish Hist/Geog/Lit Syllabus Laura Berquist Medieval European Hist/Geog/Lit Syllabus Artist: Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, Johanna RoseFormat: 1 disc, Audio CDISBN: 0-9304370802
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A delightfully fresh interpretation of music from the Renaissance.
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A spiritual massage of the soul
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Transport yourself to another time and another place with this mystical, mysterious, ethereal gem of an album. Fans of the "Chant" series will find themselves right at home, but this recording has a much broader appeal. While the "Chant" recordings focused on plainsong which tends towards unison tedium, this album -- and all the works of the fantastic Anonymous 4 -- offers a more accessible, harmonious sound. The beautiful, acapella harmonies of these four women are bound to fascinate and soothe any listener from any time. Putting in this CD and immersing yourself in the waves of sound can be a truly transcendant experiance; just listening will stop you in your tracks and allow you some quiet, contemplative time to center yourself or calm frazzled nerves. What better way to take a break from the hectic, day-to-day tribulations of the modern world than by escaping to another time entirely? Listen, and find yourself inexorably drawn back to a midieval -- almost primal -- calm. An essential recording: not to be missed."
A collection of gems
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This recording, which breathes a vibrant life into these anonymous mediaeval compositions, is a treasure, and one of the most rewarding discs in the recent avalanche of early music recordings. The spectacular singing of this quartet is well-known, but at least as much praise must be given to their generous and shrewd selection of tunes. This disc is particularly notable for the 'Sanctus' they have chosen - it may well be the most perfect 'Sanctus' you'll ever hear: concise, gorgeous, polished, simple, yet possessing a profound beauty - it is a gem. Also of great interest are 'Jesu Christe Milde Moder' - a Stabat Mater in the Old English vernacular, and a beautiful version of the Marian hymn 'Ave Maris Stella'."