Gothic Voices (UK vocal group specialising in 11th-15th c. repertoire)

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Gothic Voices is a United Kingdom based vocal ensemble specialising in repertoire from the 11th to the 15th century. The group was formed in 1981 by scholar and musician Christopher Page.

Gothic Voices has recorded twenty-five CDs for Hyperion Records featuring composers such as Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Dufay, John Dunstaple and Leonel Power, of which three have won the prestigious Gramophone Award given by The Gramophone magazine. The group's first disc: "A Feather on the Breath of God – Hymns and Sequences by Abbess Hildegard of Bingen" remains one of the best-selling recordings of pre-classical music ever made. Recently Gothic Voices has recorded a disc of the complete works of the relatively obscure 14th-century composer Solage on the Avie label. Their most recent recording is "A Laurel for Landini - 14th Century Italy’s Greatest Composer", with music by Francesco Landini.

As well as performing medieval repertoire, Gothic Voices also commission contemporary works for its unusual vocal forces, with recent performances of works by Bayan Northcott, John Tavener and Andrew Keeling.

The current line up of singers in Gothic Voices is Catherine King (mezzo-soprano), Steven Harrold (tenor), Julian Podger (tenor), Leigh Nixon (tenor) and Stephen Charlesworth (baritone), a line-up which has been consistent since 1995. Other notable singers who have performed and recorded with Gothic Voices include Emma Kirkby, Emily van Evera, Margaret Philpot, Charles Daniels, Rogers Covey-Crump, James Gilchrist, Paul Agnew, John Mark Ainsley and Peter Harvey (bass).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 A Feather on the Breath of God Abbess Hildegard of Bingen; Gothic Voices, Christopher Page, Emma Kirkby 2
1986 The Garden of Zephirus Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 4 2
1987 The Service of Venus and Mars Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 2
1988 A Song for Francesca: Music in Italy, 1330-1430 Gothic Voices, Christopher Page, Andrew Lawrence-King 3
1989 Music for the Lion-Hearted King Gothic Voices 1
1990 The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Motets and Songs from Thirteenth Century France Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 2
1991 The Medieval Romantics: French Songs & Motets 1340-1440 Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 2
1992 Lancaster and Valois: French and English Music, c1350–1420 Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 2
1994 The Spirits of England and France, 1: Music of the Middle Ages for Court and Church Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 2
1995 The Spirits of England and France, 2: Songs of the Trouvères Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 4 2
1995 The Spirits of England and France, 3: Binchois and His Contemporaries Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 2
1996 The Spirits of England and France, 4: Missa Caput and the story of the Salve regina Gothic Voices, Christopher Page 1
2006 The Unknown Lover: Songs by Solage and Machaut Solage, Guillaume de Machaut; Gothic Voices 1
Earliest Songbook in England Gothic Voices 1
The Mirror of Narcissus—songs by Guillaume de Machaut Gothic Voices 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Spirits of England & France, 5: Missa Veterem hominem Christopher Page & Gothic Voices 1

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