Alfonso El Sabio: Cantigas De Santa Maria / Micrologus
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 2.54 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm; 907.18 g
- メーカー : Opus 111
- EAN : 0709861302253
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Opus 111
- ASIN : B00000DLYJ
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Alfonso El Sabio: Cantigas De Santa Maria / Micrologus [CD] Micrologus
Although the 13th-century collection of songs known as the Cantigas de Santa Maria, compiled under the sponsorship of Spain's King Alfonso X, is one of the sources most favored by early- music groups, the collection is so vast--more than 400 works--that recordings of this music rarely duplicate repertoire. And because actual performing forces are entirely at the discretion of the individual or ensemble, today's performances are much like they must have been 700 years ago--widely varied in interpretation and in number and types of instruments and voices. The Italian ensemble Micrologus utilizes period instruments and extensive musicological research to inform its interpretive approach; but these also are very imaginative and creative artists, and the resulting performances are truly like nothing you've heard before. Never have these fine songs, which honor the Virgin Mary and relate tales of Marian miracles, been rendered so colorfully and with such irresistibly characterful voicings and instrumental effects. Don't miss this one. --David Vernier
1. A que por muy gran fremosura - few of us have Lamandier's coloratura talent, but who wouldn't want to have a go at this? A joyful, dancing in the aisles one.
2. Non sofre Santa Maria - a children's skipping-rope style chant, fun and teasingly rhythmic.
3. Entre Av' e Eva - a courtly, ballad-style presentation to please the most cultured of any king or queen of any era.
4. Virgen Madre groiosa - as heavy metal as you could want. Given amplification and flashing lights, this would rock any festival.
5. A que Deus ama, amar devemos - will haunt you, and that's because of Lamandier's precision voice. The only unaccompanied song, it begs to be heard live to experience the drama.
6. A Virgen, que de Deus Madre - wonderful melody that will convince you forever that medieval songwriters lacked nothing in skill. Another round, this one would be a fine vehicle for the male voice or voices which wouldn't need the ornamentation Lamandier provides.
7. Como pod' a Groriosa - song set for single voice here, but must have been thrilling to perform as a round during evening entertainments.
8. Non devemos por maravilla teer - a composition to test and delight the best sopranos of the day, well before Monteverdi's time.
9. Virga de Jesse - a deeply satisfying tune. If only one song survived the 13th Century, then this would do.
In an earlier life, was Esther Lamandier a songstress and musician at the court of Alphonso the Wise? On the strength of these performances you would be forgiven for thinking so.