This sampler album of excerpts from seven other Anonymous 4 releases is a good introduction for anyone who is unacquainted with the A4's startlingly pure singing and virtually celestial blend. But if you fall under the spell of this outstanding a capella quartet, the present disc will become extraneous because you'll want to own the complete recordings from which it's drawn. Skip to main content. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Add to Cart. Secure transaction. Your transaction is secure. We work hard to protect your security and privacy.
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The female vocal quartet called Anonymous 4 is one of the most popular and respected small vocal groups specializing in early music. The name "Anonymous 4" comes from a scholarly convention for designating anonymous medieval writers and scribes with numbers; working with a particular manuscript by the scribe known as Anonymous 4, they found it an ideal name for their new quartet when they formed in Its purpose was to experiment with the sound of medieval music both chant and polyphony as sung by higher voices. Jacqueline Horner replaced Cunningham in , and in , Cunningham returned, replacing Rose. The group's four members are singers with considerable beauty of tone, range, and flexibility.
Anonymous 4 was an American female a cappella quartet, based in New York City. Their main performance genre was medieval music , although they also premiered works by recent composers such as John Tavener and Steve Reich. Anonymous 4 performed in cities throughout North America , and were regulars at major international festivals. The — season was their last as a full-time recording and touring ensemble, but they continued to tour and make recordings while pursuing individual projects. The CD , which features songs from the Civil War with Bruce Molsky on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and vocals was their final recording. The ensemble disbanded at the end of the — season. In , Cunningham left and was replaced by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek.