CDs and Longplay Music Releases:
Music from the Middle Ages
Music from the Middle Ages
CDEUR 22,00Gregorian & Cistercian Chants · Vespera de Beata Maria Virgine
Gregorian & Cistercian ChantsA Vespers of the Cistercian Order in the 13th century
Vespera de Beata Maria Virgine
with works by Monastery Maulbronn,
Cistercian nuns of the monastery Las Huelgas and
Cistercian Antiphonary from Morimondo,
performed by the Ensemble Vox Nostra
Winnie Brückner (Soprano) · Philipp Cieslewicz (Countertenor)
Christoph Burmester (Tenor) · Werner Blau (Bass)
Burkard Wehner (Tenor and Music Director)
A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery.
CD · DDD · Duration: c. 63 Minutes
This is an absolutely beautiful performance
This is an absolutely beautiful performance. It is crisp it is authentic. The recording captures the ambiance of the Monastery. Vox Nostra is tops in my list. If your looking for Gregorian chant crab this before it ascends to heaven.
CDEUR 22,00Gregorian Chants · Vox Nostra · Veri Solis Radius
Gregorian Chants:Musical networks in medieval Europe
Vox Nostra · Veri Solis Radius
Gregorian chants from the 12th & 13th century,
performed by the Vocal Ensemble Vox Nostra:
Amy Green · Susanne Wilsdorf · Ellen Hünigen
Werner Blau · Burkard Wehner (Musical Director)
A concert recording from the church of Cistercian Abbey in Eusserthal (Germany).
CD · DDD · c. 60 Minutes
It is not possible to overstate the importance of this recording
The first word that comes to mind on listening to this CD is haunting. As a procession entering into the abbey church (St. Bernhard, Eusserthal, Rhineland-Palatinate) we initially hear a distant group of singers approaching, as they get louder and fill the space with their resplendent voices we settle into a transcendental journey across ancient medieval Europe. Each of the five singers on this recording is a scholar specialist (musicology, paleography, theology) in this repertoire. They include, Amy Green (USA), Susanne Wilsdorf, Ellen Hünigen, Werner Blau, Burkard Werner (Germany). They gave a concert in the abbey church on September 8, 2013. This CD is a snapshot recorded on site in direct 2-track stereo digital. The sound quality is quite simply amazing. A restored church from what was left of the original ruined abbey Kloster Eusserthal, is widely known in Europe as a great concert acoustic. An ongoing series of performances is presented annually in the former Cistercian monument, near Annweiler am Trifels.
Vox Nostra to quote their notes, "…favors a slow, flowing style of performance in an appropriately restrained tempo. The vocal sound which results is rich in overtones, and fills the entire space; it allows the archaic and pure intervals of this music to be fully appreciated, and ensures that the complex weaving of the voices is clearly audible." This writer would have to qualify their approach and the amazing results as revolutionary and without president or rival. I feel like I have heard medieval chant for the very first time it is so startling and overpowering.
The repertoire is varied and all taken from original manuscripts in Spain, Italy, Scotland, Germany, England and France. The recording ends as it began. The singers exit the abbey church and their voices trail off into the distance into silence. It is not possible to overstate the importance of this new recording on a label that is almost totally unknown here in North America. Insist on listening for yourself Vox Nostra's artistic triumph Veri Solis Radius.
CDEUR 22,00Hosanna in excelsis · Music & Poetry in the Middle Ages
Les MenestrelsMusic and Poetry from the spiritual world of the Middle Ages,
Hosanna in excelsis
performed by the Ensemble for Early Music 'Les Menestrels'
Works by Gherardello de Florenzia (1310-1370), Guillaume de Machault (c. 1300-1377) Hermann, Münch von Salzburg (2nd part of 14th century), Heinrich von Mügeln (14th century), Guillaume Dufay (1400-1474), Alfonso el Sabio (1221-1284), Johannes Bassart (middle of 15th century), Kolmarer Liederhandschrift (15th century), Oswald von Wolkenstein (c. 1377-1445), Nicolaus Apel (c. 1470-1537), Codex Montpellier (13th century), Codex Squarcialupi (14th century) et. al.
A concert recording from the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD · DDD · c. 73 Minutes
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