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  Three Decades of Anonymous 4

   Three Decades of Anonymous 4
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This retrospective collection includes highlights from our 25-year collaboration with HARMONIA MUNDI, with repertoire ranging from 12th-century ecstatic chant to American roots music.

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Track List

Track
Piece
Time
1
Gloria (Anonymous, 13th-c. English)
2:34
2
Agnus dei trope: Qui pius ac mitis (Anonymous, 12th c.)
2:22
3
Sequence: Jesu Cristes milde moder (Anonymous, 13th-c. English)
8:23
4
Religious ballad: Wayfaring Stranger (traditional American, arr. John M. Dye)
2:50
5
Folk hymn: Abbeville ([Elisha James King)
2:28
6
Alleluia: Fuit virgo (Anonymous, 12th-c. French)
2:17
7
Motet: Amours, dont je sui / L'autrier, au douz mois / Chose Tassin (Anonymous, 13th c. French)
2:21
8
Ballata: Nella partita (Francesco Landini [1325-1397)
3:42
9
Discant: Fa fa mi / Ut re mi (Anonymous, 13th c. Spanish)
1:20
10
Folk song: The Wagoner's Lad (Traditional American)
2:49
11
The Faded Coat of Blue (J.H. McNaughton, 1865)
3:29
12
A New Year Carol (Benjamin Britten [1913-1976])
2:12
13
Offertory: Ascendens Ihesus in montem (Anonymous, 12th century French)
3:46
14
Ballad carol: Lullay my child - This ender nithgt (English, 13th century)
3:46
15
Responsory: Spiritui sancto (Hildegard of Bingen [1098-1179])
6:54
16
Prosa: Portum in ultimo (Anonymous, 13th c. French)
2:42
17
Prosa: Clemens servulorum (Anonymous, 13th century French)
4:44
18
On doit fin[e] Amor / La biauté / [In seculum] (Anonymous, 13th c. French)
1:31
19
Polyphonic song: Salve virgo virginum (Anonymous, 13th c. English)
2:38
20
An teicheadh go hÉigipt (Trad. Irish) ..
3:18
21
Robert Lowry [-] 21 Gospel song: Shall We Gather at the River (1864, Robert Lowry [18261899])
4:53
22
Gospel song: Just Over in the Gloryland (1906. James W. Acuff & Emmett S. Dean
2:57
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Reviews of   Three Decades of Anonymous 4

Cross-Rhythms: review by Steven Whitehead (9/10/2016):

This retrospective collection celebrates three decades of Anonymous 4 on the Harmonia Mundi label. From 1986 to 2016 Anonymous 4 released 23 albums with sales in excess of two million. Now the ladies have decided to call it a day and this compilation is a suitable send off. Narrowing down such an extensive back-catalogue to 22 tracks must have been a challenge but the end result is a satisfying cross-section of their musical journey. The programme is predominantly but not exclusively Early Music with some examples of their more recent excursions into Americana. Actually I was a little worried that the different genres on display would not sit comfortably together and was preparing to reprogramme the running order but I need not have worried. Whether they are singing 19th century Spirituals, such as "Wayfaring Stranger" (technically a "Religious Ballad") or the music of mysterious visionary Hildegard of Bingen from the 11th century matters not at all. The renowned purity and vocal blend of the four singers (there have been five members over the years but only four at one time) shows that the worship of God through the centuries remains the same, even if fashions in music come and go. While we may be tempted to visit our favourite download store and cherry pick tracks I would urge you to go for the whole package. The CD is beautifully presented with many pictures, full lyrics and an introduction to each piece to set it in context. The thrill of moving, as we do if we follow the approved running order, from the American Civil War song "The Faded Coat Of Blue" to Benjamin Britten's "A New Year Carol" and then an Offetory chant from Sant'Iago is an experience well worth the having. Ladies of Anonymous 4 we thank you.

Amazon.com Editorial Review (9/16/2016):

After 30 amazing years of sold-out concerts on three continents, Billboard chart topping recordings and over 2 million CDs sold, the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 decided to call it quits. To celebrate their amazingly successful career, harmonia mundi asked the group to select some of the singers favorite tracks, taken from among their nineteen complete albums, for one final release. The result is a fascinating and comprehensive collection that contains music from across multiple centuries and musical styles, all sung with the signature clarity and perfect intonation that made Anonymous 4 famous. Offered at a special price, Three Decades of Anonymous 4 will appeal not only to the group's existing fans, but also win over a whole new generation of listeners.

  Three Decades of Anonymous 4 Program Notes

This retrospective collection includes highlights from our 25-year collaboration with HARMONIA MUNDI, with repertoire ranging from 12th-century ecstatic chant to American roots music.

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