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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2244, 476 4499 | Time: 01:11:08
Classical, Choral, Medieval, Gregorian Chant

Filia Sion is the first ECM New Series disc devoted entirely to the Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis. From the beginning of its history, Vox Clamantis has focussed on Gregorian chant as the foundation of European music, but has also maintained strong connections to contemporary composers including Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve and Erkki-Sven Tüür (members of the ensemble previously appeared on Tüür s Oxymoron album, singing his composition Salve Regina ). Their interpretation of medieval music is never purely historical. While always remaining true to the spirit of this repertoire, the approach to the work and the selection of pieces is contemporary, with sound and texture and the blending of voices as a focus.

As leader Jaan-Eik Tulve explains, Gregorian chant is monophonic music which remarkably emphasizes the blend of voices. Working on sound and colour of voices has been one of the constant priorities of our ensemble. This emphasis is the thread that connects its repertoire through the centuries: I started with Gregorian chant and later moved on to the contemporary music for multiple reasons: firstly, my personal interest in certain contemporary music that draws attention to the sound and is centred on the horizontal musical phrase and melody in its deeper sense. On the other hand, our ensemble has been lucky and several Estonian composers have composed pieces for us, as they have appreciated our approach to the sound, phrase and to the entire musical expression…

On the present album, drawing upon the rich tradition in music history on the theme of Filia Sion , Vox Clamantis sings medieval music from Gregorian chant to works by Perotin, Hildegard von Bingen and Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz. In the Old Testament, Filia Sion the Daughter of Zion refers to both the holy city of Jerusalem and the Jewish people who built the Temple on Mount Zion. In medieval Christian tradition, Holy Mary became the incarnation of the Daughter of Zion as the personification of the church.

Jaan-Eik Tulve: The repertoire for the CD emerged naturally from our concert activity. We are specially focussing on the theme of Virgin Mary, who is for me personally a very important figure, who is equally honoured in medieval music. We have had different collaborations with various musicians from a number of traditions. The last piece on the CD Ma Navu derives from a program around Jewish traditional music. Most of our arrangements are born in the rehearsals while improvising. For instance, when a couple of our singers started to explore overtone-singing, we tried to incorporate it into our repertoire and the pedal-notes in Perotin, on this recording, seemed for us an appropriate use.

From the liner notes by Klára Jirsová: The Gospels do not reveal all of Mary s feelings to us; the mystery of the Incarnation is only briefly presented. Relying on a few phrases and returning endlessly to the sacred words and setting them in different contexts, the musical tradition shows their inexhaustible richness. Medieval compositions meditate on the mystery of the Incarnation in all its aspects. They display different shades of joy: explosive, superabundant joy which wells up like a source, as well as the shimmer of peaceful, meditative wonder before the miracle never seen, the joy never known .

Filia Sion was recorded in the Dome Church of St Nicholas, Haapsalu, with Helena Tulve as recording supervisor.

Listeners looking for an album of chant that is free of hype and condescending claims to be mood-mellowing should be thrilled with these exquisite performances by the Estonian ensemble Vox Clamantis, led by Jaan-Eik Tulve. Most of the chants are from the Gregorian tradition, but there are also works by three named composers, Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, and Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz, as well as the Codex Las Huelgas, the Montpellier Manuscript, and from the Jewish community in Cochin, India. The tone of the album is serenely reverent, but at the same time the singing is vibrant and full of life. The performances might not pass muster with listeners who demand strict adherence to historically informed performance practice; there are some tracks that are hugely effective, but that employ practices that are speculative at best. Pérotin's Beata viscera, for instance, is a monophonic conductus, an unaccompanied melody, but it was written at a time when a spirit of experimentalism was in the air in the world of liturgical music in 13th century Paris. In this performance, the singers add a vocal drone; what sounds like whistling, but which may be a version of throat singing; and a second line sung in canon with the first. Hildegard's O ignis spiritus receives a similar treatment, but without the second vocal line. Authentic or not, the result is inexpressibly ethereal and haunting. Other performances are more traditional; the Gregorian offertory Ave Maria and several other tracks alternate solo voices with a unison chorus. The performances offer a wider range of timbral variety than is usual for albums of chant, with the alternation of solo and choral singing and the use of drones. The sound of the voices, both individually and as a group, is disciplined but relaxed, and exceptionally pure, with immaculate intonation. The sound of ECM's recording is perfectly clean with an ideal level of resonance. Highly recommended.

Review by Stephen Eddins, Allmusic.com

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)



Recorded September 2010
Dome Church of St. Nicholas, Haapsalu

Tracklist:

01. Ecce venit/Psalm 94 (Gregorian antiphon) (9:37)
02. Virgo prudentissima/Magnificat (Gregorian antiphon) (5:00)
03. Gaudeamus (Gregorian introit) (2:48)
04. Rex virginum (Organum from Codex Las Huelgas) (3:36)
05. Gloria (Gregorian chant) (3:32)
06. Magister Perotinus: Beata viscera (Conductus) (8:20)
07. Audi filia (Gregorian gradual) (5:23)
08. Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz: Prelustri elucentia (Cantio) (2:44)
09. Ave Maria (Gregorian offertory) (6:10)
10. Hildegard von Bingen: O ignis spiritus (Sequentia) (6:25)
11. Agnus Dei (Gregorian chant) (1:08)
12. Exulta filia Sion (Gregorian communion) (3:06)
13. O Maria (Motet from Montpellier Manuscript) (4:46)
14. Salve regina (Gregorian antiphon) (2:53)
15. Ma navu (Jewish chant from Cochin) (5:42)


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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

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