Magister Leoninus

Magister Leoninus
Sacred Music from 12th-century Paris
Red Byrd / Cappella Amsterdam - John Potter & Richard Wistreich
Hyperion 66944
Hyperion Helios 55328


  1. Alleluya. Non vos relinquam orphanos
  2. Alleluya. Dulce lignum, dulces clavos
  3. Alleluya. Spiritus Sanctus procedens
  4. Alleluya. Paraclitus Spiritus Sanctus
  5. Priusquam te formarem
  6. Alleluya. Inter natos mulierum
  7. Viderunt omnes fines terre
  8. Alleluya. Dies sanctificatus illuxit nobis
  9. Alleluya. Pascha nostrum immolatus est

Playing time: 71'

Recording date: December 1996

Reviewed in:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 21/3-130 (January 1998); 33/4-230 (March-April 2010)

Léonin (fl. 1163-1190) was the most important early composer of organum, and someone who made a lasting impression on the course of Western music. The present program is made up of some of the finest pieces from his massive Magnus liber organi which contains polyphony on chants from throughout the liturgical year.

A second volume:

Magister Leoninus II
Sacred Music from 12th-century Paris
Red Byrd / YorVox - John Potter & Richard Wistreich
Hyperion 67289

And a related program featuring one of the present performers:

Music & Poetry from Thirteenth Century France - 1
John Potter / Christopher O'Gorman
Hyperion 67949

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Todd M. McComb