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Gautier de Coincy: Miracles of Notre Dame
Gauthier de Coincy, Harp Consort, Caitriona O'Leary
Gautier de Coincy: Miracles of Notre Dame
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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Thirteenth-century troubador Gautier de Coincy's blend of mystical religious poetry and the popular tunes to which he set his poems proves irresistible, especially in the Harp Consort?s lively renditions. Given the nature ...  more »

      
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Thirteenth-century troubador Gautier de Coincy's blend of mystical religious poetry and the popular tunes to which he set his poems proves irresistible, especially in the Harp Consort?s lively renditions. Given the nature of the material, the sheer variety of rhythms, sounds, and colors on this disc is astounding; the vocal soloists are all excellent, the small chorus adept, captivating when it sings in the gutsy peasant style at appropriate moments. Eight purely instrumental numbers are sprinkled throughout the 20 tracks, each a gem, full of colorful effects from the rich-sounding shawm and other period instruments like bagpipe, vielle, and a variety of percussion instruments that thump and shimmer in ways that make you want to dance. Pleasure is enhanced by Harmonia Mundi's deluxe presentation: absorbing notes, texts, and translations in readable type, and handsome cardboard packaging. Best of all, you-are-there engineering helps transport you back through time. This is a don't-miss disc! --Dan Davis

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Brimming with exuberance
Sator | Sydney, Australia | 12/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Every recording by Andrew Lawrence-King is something of an event. Few recording artists in the Medieval-Renaissance Music field produce such consistently instantly fascinating sounds as he does. In fact he deserves to have something of a cult following both amongst general music listeners (I mean people who would usually never listen to mainstream Classical Music) as well as Early Music afficianados. If you have never listened to Medieval Music in your life this would be a fine place to start for there are pieces here that will have you dancing on your table out of sheer exuberance.

Les Miracles de Notre-Dames were the creation of Gautier de Coincy in the early 1200's. The songs are all based on trouvére love poetry - applied not to courtly love but to the Virgin Mary.

Instruments on display here include medieval harps, cornetto, vielle, shawn, organetto, psaltery, bagpipes as well as vocal parts. The spirit of the music is far from that of plain chant, rather being sometimes closer to that of 'pagan excesses of peasant celebrations' as the excellent liner notes describe it. The church simply took in these popular trends and transformed them into more respectable Marian music.

Another triumph by Andrew Lawrence-King. Enthusiastically recommended!"
Magnificent Medieval Music
S. Flynn | Dallas, TX United States | 03/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was first exposed to Medieval and Renaissance Music when I took a course for musical illiterates in college. We could not read music, but we could listen. Being exposed to only popular music, it suprised me how much I loved ancient music. I have collected many recordings of this music over the last 30 years. Miracles of Notre-Dame is absolutely the best recording of music in the troubadour tradition that I have ever heard. Of course, you would not expect anything less than a magnificent product from Harmonia Mundi. I have played this recording repeatedely. It is not a CD you will put aside and listen to months later. If you have any interest in music of this time, you must have this. The singing. the playing, the music are not to be missed."
Masterful
Eric Gross | Philadelphia Suburbs | 01/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Even if secular medieval music is NOT one of your favorites genres, the energy and mystical beauty of this CD shines throughout all 20 tracks. The recording quality is magnificent. I cannot recommend this CD strongly enough!"