Anonymus / Ensemble San Felice / Galioto

Anonymus / Ensemble San Felice / Galioto: El Cant De La Sibilla - Sacred Music From Medieval Catalunya

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Title: El Cant De La Sibilla - Sacred Music From Medieval Catalunya
Label: Brilliant Classics

Who were the pilgrims who climbed the treacherously steep mountain to the monastery of Montserrat in norther Spain? And what kind of music would have accompanied their journey? This release imagines Christmas Eve in medieval Catalonia, built around the "song of the Sibyl". The tradition of the singing Sibyl was not unique to Montserrat, but it was covertly practiced there long after it had been outlawed by the Council of Trent in 1675. The Sibyl was a pre-Christian woman who prophesied the coming of Christ; during the Middle Ages, a boy would dress up as the Sibyl and, blindfolded, sing the famous verses, normally in the third nocturn of the Christmas Day matins service. This recording uses the Catalan version of the Sibyl's song found in the archives of Barcelona Cathedral. Another Catalan book from the same period, the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, also informs much of this programme. It would hav eprovided pilgrims with suitably religious music to sing on their approach to the cathedral, rather than secular songs and dances. The additional use of Gregorian chant sets the Can't de la Sibil-la in it's original context of the early morning matins, before these were standardized into the Office of Readings. Finally, the addition of a traditional secular Catalan song - which tells teh story of the doomed Count Arnau - marks the period in the night when the pious pilgrims, eagerly awaiting the opening of the monastery, would give the floor over to storytellers. This album is the result of a unique project involving professional and amateur artists. The project was premiered as teh first concert of a new annual festival in Florence run by Federico Bardazzi and Alessandra Montali, "InCanto Armonico".

1.1 Polorum Regina
1.2 Los Set Goyts
1.3 Maria Matrem Virginem
1.4 Stella Splendens
1.5 Imperayritz de la Ciudad Joyosa
1.6 El Comte Arnau
1.7 Ad Mortem Festinamus
1.8 Laudemus Virginem - Splendens Ceptigera
1.9 Christus Natus Est Nobis - Venite Exultemus Domino
1.10 Benedictio - Lectio - de Homilia Sancti Augustini
1.11 Verbum Caro Factum Est
1.12 Benedictio - Lectio - Sermo Sancti Augustini in Die Natalis Domini
1.13 El Cant de la Sibilla
1.14 O Virgo Splendens
1.15 Cuncti Simus Concanentes
1.16 Ave Maris Stella

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