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Classical - Released June 1, 2018 | Evidence

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Classical - Released December 2, 2016 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released November 23, 2018 | harmonia mundi

The music recorded here is taken from a twelfth century manuscript that originated in the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, based on the liturgical practices of the Knights Templar, a non-monastic order founded to protect Jerusalem and the Christians who made pilgrimage there. The CD avoids the monotony that can sometimes afflict recordings of Very Early Music. The variety of styles -- monophonic chant, melodies sung over a drone, parallel organum (in which several voices sing the same melody at the interval of the fifth or octave), and three-part polyphony -- maintains a high level of interest. The musical material strays frequently from the strict modal practices that characterized music more closely connected with Roman liturgical traditions and is sometimes astonishingly chromatic and dissonant. The free use and style of ornamentation demonstrate the influences of the musical culture of the Middle East. Several of the pieces have a stronger feeling of a regular pulse than much chant, reflecting the physical, almost dance-like motions that conductor Marcel Pérès describes as being an integral part of the original performance of this repertoire. The music and the performances are genuinely gripping and should be revelatory for anyone whose only experience with music from this period has been pallid performances of unison plainchant. Ensemble Organum sings this repertoire with conviction and simplicity. The voices are obviously well trained and the intonation and ensemble are excellent, but the vocal quality is unmannered and direct, ideally suited to the self-effacing aesthetic appropriate for music not intended for performance, but as an act of worship within a close-knit community. The recording was made in the wonderfully resonant 900-year-old Abbey of Fontevraud and effectively conveys the vastness of the acoustical space without sacrificing clarity. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1988 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

A strictly traditional flamenco record, Pepe Romero's 1987 recording Flamenco! features not only his own sterling guitar work, but also singer Chano Lobato's expressive vocals and, in an inspired touch that not enough flamenco artists have thought of, two genuine flamenco dancers, Maria Magdalena and Paco Romero. Flamenco, after all, is dance music, and as in some forms of English contra dancing, Appalachian clog dancing, and other forms of folk music, the percussive sound of the dancers' shoes (and the female dancer's traditional castanets) is intended as part of the music. As a result, Flamenco! has a vitality and excitement often missing from classical flamenco records, which can sometimes come off as a bit stuffy and overly serious. Lobato's voice, a dusky alto with a beautifully controlled vibrato, suits the material perfectly, capturing the florid theatricality of flamenco music without going over the top. There are undoubtedly better flamenco records than this, but there are few that are as much fun. © Stewart Mason /TiVo
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Classical - Released May 29, 2013 | harmonia mundi

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Africa - Released January 1, 1977 | Mali - Syllart Records

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Classical - Released April 14, 2008 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 14, 2008 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released October 25, 2019 | Ricercar

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released May 24, 2019 | Ambronay Éditions

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Classical - Released April 23, 2021 | Supraphon a.s.

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When, in 1872, the student Leopold Katz discovered in the attic of the presbytery in the South Bohemian village of Jistebnice an old manuscript of Czech songs, he might not have realised just how enormous its value was. Today, the hymnal, bearing the title "Jistebnický kancionál", is primarily known for containing the Hussite choral anthem Ye Who Are Warriors of God. (The melody has attained worldwide fame due to its inclusion in Smetana's symphonic poems Tábor and Blaník, parts of the cycle My Country.) Yet the most notable aspect of the hand-written hymnbook is that it features songs in Czech for mass and prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. It would seem that the bold project's aim was to make liturgy accessible to the wide religious community in their own language. The creators evidently above all strove to translate Latin hymns into Czech, but they also wrote tunes of their own. Of a particularly high value is the record of the Easter liturgy that, owing to its detailed instructions, affords us a view of the Hussite form of worship. A number of unanswered questions and mysteries still surround the Jistebnice manuscript. The present album, made by the internationally esteemed vocal Tiburtina Ensemble, lifts the veil of mystery to a certain degree, with the bright female voices conveying the sheer beauty of the songs. "How wonderful my favourite Latin choral pieces sounded in Old Czech!" Barbora Kabátková says. "I consider the Jistebnice hymnal to be a great discovery, and hope that the listeners will perceive it in the same manner". © Supraphon
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World - Released January 1, 2014 | Esoteria Records

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Choirs (sacred) - Released June 18, 2021 | harmonia mundi

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This recording came to fruition thanks to nearly 25 years’ worth of efforts. In 1997, Marcel Pérès and his Ensemble Organum began a simultaneous exploration of the Mozarabic rite (the liturgical chant peculiar to the Christians living in Spain at the time of Arab rule) and of the Samaa spiritual practice of Morocco. Setting aside the theological differences between the two faiths, the artists discovered a great deal of kinship between the two forms of musical expression. A veritable utopia, the idea for this recording then suggested itself: through music, to regain the lost accord of human brotherhood. © harmonia mundi
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Classical - Released June 19, 2009 | Arcana

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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Do not be mistaken. This is not the scenic cantata Carmina Burana composed in the 1930s by Carl Orff but the original medieval collection discovered in 1803 in the archives of the Benediktbeuern Abbey in Germany. It is a compilation of three hundred and fifteen sacred and secular songs (both types highly associated with the Middle Ages) composed in latin, middle High German and even French by defrocked monks and itinerant students. This colourful heterogeneous mix sings of wine, life and love in all its forms and was recorded numerous times by an ensemble of specialists in the 1960s. This Philip Pickett recording, carried out in 1987, marvellously reproduces the colours of this vast and satyric ensemble from the 12th and 13th centuries. Numerous instrumental and vocal soloists feature, including the soprano Catherine Bott who has long collaborated with Picket and his ensemble of virtuoso musicians. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Pop - Released January 1, 1995 | GIA Publications, Inc.

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Africa - Released January 1, 1967 | Syliphone - Syllart Records

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Classical - Released October 10, 1977 | harmonia mundi