Léonin and Pérotin - Paris 1200
Lionheart's performances of Medieval, Renaissance and contemporary vocal music have captivated audiences across America. From the Los Angeles Times to the New York Times, critics have hailed this ensemble of six men for its spirited programming and exquisite artistry.
"Lionheart's six male voices make a fine a cappella ensemble, with attentive articulation, clarity of tone, and above all a splendid team ethic ..."
Lionheart's programme here consists of organum, motets and conductus associated with the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris around 1200. Léonin and his successor Pérotin, the two musical giants of this time and place, may or may not be behind some of the music - Though there are one or two relatively 'upbeat' moments, as with 'Veris ad imperia' and 'Mors vite propitia', the music itself is, not unexpectedly, serene and reflective, even and slow-paced - a CD to listen to for mental relaxation or spiritual or metaphysical rumination, in other words.