Collection: Music of the Middle Ages

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COMPOSERS: Machaut
LABELS: DG
WORKS: Mass Propers for Epiphany and the Dedication (excerpts); Organa; Motets
PERFORMER: Choir of the Benedictine Abbey of Münsterschwarzach/Godehard Joppich; Early Music Consort of London/David Munrow
CATALOGUE NO: 439 424-2 ADD (1976/82)

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Informative booklet notes and thoughtfully expressive interpretations contribute to an enjoyable programme. The Münsterschwarzach choir reveal the timeless beauty of the elaborately melismatic, single-voiced Gregorian chant.

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David Munrow and his Early Music Consort are characteristically authoritative in the organa by Pérotin, in which chant is embellished by additional voices, and the dense harmonic polyphony of 14th-century motets, sacred and secular, by Machaut. The recordings are vividly atmospheric. Nicholas Rast