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C 9817/20 VOX NATURALIS (4 CDs x 2) [23,99 Euro]


During the Middle Ages, the most important theoreticians wrote that music was produced by two types of voices: the vox artificialis, which was the sound of the instruments, and the vox naturalis, which was the sound produced by the human voice. This distinction between what was considered artificial and what was seen natural indicated that it was generally assumed that the human voice was the purest instrument, and thus the most perfect and appropriate for the liturgy, too.

The present anthology contains some of the most beautiful Cantus CDs, that illustrate three essential moments in the history of music: Gregorian Chant, the early polyphonies and their evolution in the works of Leonin, Perotin and their followers of the Notre Dame School, and Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame, the first complete polyphonic Mass cycle known. It is, thus, a magical travel through the art of the vocal medieval music, guided by Ensemble Gilles Binchois, under Dominique Vellard, unanimously considered as the most important specialist of these repertoires. These CDs recreate the essential traits of the memory of the Occidental medieval vocal art and rediscovers the unique mysticism, expressivity and mystery of medieval chant.

Including the original editions of the following CDs::

C 9617 Canto gregoriano

C 9703/4 Le chant des cathédrales (2 CDs)

C 9624 Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame


Ensemble Gilles Binchois

  • Dominique Vellard, director


Total time: 52:17+119:18+56/45

This specially priced 4 Cds x 2 set includes all the original booklets with a total of 250 pages and over 150 illustrations. Four languages. Full translations of all the sung texts. All four CDs can be purchased separately as well at their usual, individual price.

Cover: Daniel y los leones. Capitel de San Pedro de la Nave (Zamora), siglo VII.


Diapason d'Or (Diapason, France)
Choc de Le Monde de la Musique (Le Monde de la Musique, Francia)
Un événement exceptionnel (Télérama, Francia)
10 de Répertoire (Répertoire, Francia)
5 Goldberg (Goldberg, España/EEUU/Francia)
Excepcional de Scherzo (Scherzo, España)
***** Ritmo (Ritmo, España)
Disco Recomendado del Mes (Classica, Francia)


Direct digital download of the box at reduced price (4 CDs x 2) is not working for the moment through the usual platforms, but you can download each of the CDs individually from iTunes, Amazon, Qobuz and most popular platforms in mp3 (lossy) and FLAC (lossless), including complete ebooklets. You can obtain the direct links visiting each individual CD page in this web.

However, if you wish to buy a digital download of this box at a reduced price (4 CDs x 2) NOW (mp3 or flac formats) please send us an email to shop@cantus-records.com and you will immediately receive instructions to do so.