"Two voices: a bicinium, a form of composition. In this case: sung melodies, two voices at the near limit of polyphony. An idea of harmony: each melody is for itself and each voice is for the other. Harmony, a quiescent distance between voices. The principle of harmony is distance. The singers Olivia Stahn (soprano) and Tim Karweick (tenor) made a choice selection of bicinia from the 14th to the 17th century. The selection includes well-known spiritual songs reformed in bicinium form such as works by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) and Caspar Othmayr (1515-1553). The pieces "Agnus Dei" and "Pleni sunt coeli" are both sections taken from a larger work, "Missa Pange lingua" by Josquin Desprez (1450-1521). Guillaume de Machaut's (1305-1377) "Riches d'Amour" is a love song. Bicinien is the result of a wholistic production process: Stahn and Karweick's initial selection of pieces, the spacial constellation of their collective and individual voice, the space of Heilig-Geist-Kirche in Wohltorf, the recording techniques. Bicinien is not so much a document as a figural material pliable still for a new ear. Bicinien is released for the listener on vinyl." (label info) comes with download code
in stock | DE| 2017| CORINNE DE BERNE | 18.90

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