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Secret Voices

Anonymous 4

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Sequence  
1.1
Virgines egregie
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
2:57
Conductus  
1.2
Ave maris stella
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
3:09
Motet  
1.3
Claustrum pudicicie / Virgo viget / Flos Filius
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
2:17
Discant  
1.4
Fa fa mi / Ut re mi
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
1:23
Conductus-Motet  
1.5
O Maria virgo / O Maria maris stella / (In Veritate)
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
3:17
Benedicamus domino  
1.6
cum cantico
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
1:29
Motet  
1.7
Salve porta / Salve salus / Salve sancta parens
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
0:55
Kirie  
1.8
Rex virginum amator
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
4:18
Gloria  
1.9
Spiritus et alme
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
5:29
Sequence  
1.10
Verbum bonum et suave
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
2:45
Motet  
1.11
Salve virgo regia /Ave gloriosa mater / (Domino)
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
2:59
1.12
Sanctus & Benedictus
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
1:39
1.13
Gaude virgo nobilis / Verbum caro factum / Et Veritate
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
2:42
Agnus dei  
1.14
Gloriosa spes reorum
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
3:27
Planctus  
1.15
O monialis conscio
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
3:06
Benedicamus domino  
1.16
Belial vocatur
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
1:56
Sequence  
1.17
In virgulto gracie
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
3:02
Motet  
1.18
Ave regina celorum / Alma redemptoris mater / (Alma)
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
1:49
1.19
Benedicamus domino a3 (rondellus)
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
1:32
Song  
1.20
Si vocatus ad nupcias
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
1:25
Conductus  
1.21
Mater patris et filia
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
4:22
1.22
Benedicamus domino a2
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
0:42
Song  
1.23
Omnium in te christe
Anonymous; Anonymous 4
1:34
Total Playing Time    58:14
The women of Anonymous 4 revisit their favorite era with repertoire from the Codex Las Huelgas. Spanning the entire 13th century - from virtuosic motets and conductus to heartfelt laments, plainchants and sacred songs - this important manuscript was compiled for a convent of aristocratic Castilian women who (in spite of a rule forbidding Cistercian nuns from singing polyphony) sang some of the most beautiful and demanding music from all across Gothic-era Europe.

Compilé pour un couvent castillan, le célèbre manuscrit de Las Huelgas couvre l'ensemble du xiiie siècle, à travers motets, lamentations et conductus typiques de l'Ars Antiqua. Confié à l'origine à des nonnes issues de l'aristocratie, ces polyphonies habituellement réservées aux hommes et transcendées aujourd'hui par les quatre chanteuses d'Anonymous 4 constituent les plus beaux témoignages musicaux de l'Europe gothique.
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