Secret Voices - Chant & Polyphony from the Las Huelgas Codex
by Anonymous 4
Released: Oct 2011
Label: Harmonia Mundi
A recording of 13th-century sacred song for women plays directly to the strengths of Anonymous 4, the most celebrated female vocal ensemble performing medieval music. Much of the work, including the Las Huelgas Codex, was written in the convents of Western European nobles to be sung by women. It's the Las Huelgas that emerges as the most compelling work; despite church laws prohibiting women from singing polyphony, it represents some of the most complex harmony of the period.