After Scala Dei, Ligeriana offers an illustration of the main Spanish manuscripts, extending its repertoire to the whole of the Iberian Peninsula, drawing from the manuscripts of Madrid, Las Huelgas, Ripoll, Scala Dei and Tortosa.
The bulk of the repertoire in these codices comes from the school of Notre-Dame, but the polyphonies are often streamlined, probably with a view to adapting the melodic lines to the vocal skills of Spanish monks and nuns.
"The liturgy is no longer exclusively Marian, and the mellowness of women’s voices, conducted with great expressive restraint, allows the music to develop in an atmosphere of plenitude and serenity. Yet this approach does not in the least prevent a full characterization of the pieces. The voices have extremely individual colours and timbres and Katia Caré makes use of that diversity by spacing out the voices, which tinges each piece with a different atmosphere. Only listen to the radiant solo voice in the Ave Maria fons leticie, from the manuscript of Madrid ; allow yourself to be carried away by the joyful and lively Kyrie from the codex of Las Huelgas, take delight in following the ornate melismata of the troped Sanctus ‘Clemens et Benigna’ through the subtle interplay of timbres… Everything seems devised to bring the listener’s interest to a climax. And it is marvellously effective"
A magnificent achievement, as much in terms of repertoire as of vocal setting or technical quality.
François Camper - Répertoire
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Sacred polyphony from the Iberian peninsula in the 13th century
Ligeriana: women’s voices
Florence Blanc, Isé Blanchelande, Katia Caré, Florence Carpentier, Estelle Filer, Déborah Flornoy, Blandine Folio, Bénédicte Lamusse, Caroline Montier, Laure Pierredon, Véronique Tartavel
Direction and research: Katia Caré
A Jade CD, recorded by Jean-Marc Laisné at The royal abbey of Fontevraud in July 2002.
1. Alta bovi et Leoni
2. Ave Maris Stella
3. Benedicamus hic est enim precursor
4. Parit preter morem
5. Novus miles sequitur
6. Celeste preconium
7. Gaudeat devotio fidelium
8. Alleluia salve Virgo
9. Salve sancta christi parens
10. Ave verum
11. Veri floris sub figura
12. Ave Maria fons letitie
13. O Maria Virgo / organica cantica
14. Ad celi sublimia
15. Mors morsu
16. Isayas cecinit
18. Gloria / Spiritus et alme
19. Sanctus celmens et benigna
20. Cedit frigus hiemale
21. Adveniam perveniam
22. Psallat corus / Eximie pater