Jean Hanelle: Cypriot Vespers

Glossa: GCDP32112

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Jean Hanelle: Cypriot Vespers

Label:

Glossa

Catalogue No:

GCDP32112

Discs:

1

Release date:

4th Nov 2016

Barcode:

8424562321120

Length:

75 minutes

Medium:

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Jean Hanelle: Cypriot Vespers


Hanelle:

Arsala 'llah

O Sapientia


Graindelavoix, Björn Schmelzer

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The little-known composer Jean Hanelle was a professional musician at Cambrai Cathedral and possibly later a teacher of Guillaume Dufay, also spending more than 20 years from 1411 onwards at the French court of Lusignan in Nicosia, Cyprus, a stay which involved him becoming the chapel master there. According to leading scholars, Hanelle was the author of the ars subtilior cycle of Magnificat-antiphons - the so called 'O'-antiphons traditionally performed during the last week of Advent - found in the Codex Turin J.II.9 and included in this new Graindelavoix production. Both the original plainchant and the Hanelle troped antiphons are presented in a series of nine pairs, between which the ensemble also performs an appropriate and context-defining selection of Maronite and Byzantine chants.

The Belgian ensemble, as always directed by Björn Schmelzer, performs these pieces, marked by a moving beauty, with one female and eight male singers, producing another of their peculiar and intriguing soundscapes. These Cypriot Vespers come with an interview with Björn Schmelzer carried out by Anne-Kathryn Olsen, a selection of late 19th-century photographs taken in Cyprus by John Thomson, and the first English translation of the antiphons, made by scholar Jeannine De Landtsheer from the University of Leuven.

Cycle of nine 'O'-Antiphons for the last week of Advent, both in their reconstructed plainchant versions and Jean Hanelle’s troped versions, plus five pieces from the Maronite and Byzantine traditions.

Anonymous: Arsala 'llah

Arsala 'llah [Maronite tradition]

Anonymous: O Sapientia

O Sapientia [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: O Sapientia incarnata - Nos demoramur

O Sapientia incarnata / Nos demoramur

Anonymous: O Adonai

O Adonai [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: O Adonai

O Adonai domus Israel / Pictor eterne syderum

Anonymous: Bithleem estimazu

Bithleem estimazu [Greek-Byzantine tradition]

Anonymous: O Radix Jesse

O Radix Jesse [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: O radix Jesse splendida / Cuncti fundent precamina

O radix Jesse splendida / Cuncti fundent precamina

Anonymous: O clavis David

O clavis David [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: O clavis David aurea / Quis igitur aperiet

O clavis David aurea / Quis igitur aperiet

Anonymous: I parthenos simeron

I parthenos simeron [Greek-Byzantine tradition]

Anonymous: O Oriens

O Oriens / O Rex Gentium [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: O Oriens, lucis eterne splendor / Veni splendor mirabilis

O Oriens, lucis eterne splendor / Veni splendor mirabilis

Anonymous: O rex gentium

O rex gentium [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: O Rex virtutum gloria / Quis possit digne exprimere

O Rex virtutum gloria / Quis possit digne exprimere

Anonymous: Alyawma youlado mina lbatoul

Alyawma youlado mina lbatoul [Arabo-Byzantine tradition]

Anonymous: O Emanuel

O Emanuel [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: O Emanuel rex noster / Magne virtutum conditor

O Emanuel rex noster / Magne virtutum conditor

Anonymous: O Virgo virginum - O sacra virgo virginum / Tu nati nata suscipe

O Virgo virginum [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: O sacra Virgo Virginum / Tu nati nata suscipe

O sacra Virgo Virginum / Tu nati nata suscipe

Anonymous: Simeron ghennate ek Parthenou

Simeron ghennate ek Parthenou [Greek-Byzantine tradition]

Anonymous: Hodie Christus natus est

Hodie Christus natus est [plainchant]

Jean Hanelle: Hodie puer nascitur / Homo mortalis firmiter

Hodie puer nascitur / Homo mortalis firmiter

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