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Mon, 27 Feb 2006

Contemporary and Medieval

various, All the ends of the earth
contemporary and medieval music
Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Geoffrey Webber
LP, Signum Classics

The idea here is that some contemporary music is inspired by that of the medieval. This particular movement started off as a reaction to the sometimes bombastic Romantics and perhaps has as its real root, a search for more tranquility in a noisy world.

The composers range from Anonymous from c. 1000 to Judith Weir, James Weeks, Bayan Northcott, John Dunstaple, Gabriel Jackson, and a slew more Anonymous's from the 14th and 15th centuries.

It is nicely concieved and put together and very nicely performed by the Gonville and Caius (pronounced "keys") choir and somehow avoids the aura of new-age krankiness that sometimes goes with this sort of thing. (Baron K)

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