May 2011#11-23 (05/30/11)
The ensemble Cinquecento, which specializes in music of the renaissance Hapsburg Court, looks at the time of the "melancholy Rudolph."
Composer: Philippe de Monte (1521-1603), Philipp Schoendorff (1565/70-after1617).
CD Info: CDA67854
Esperar, Sentir, Morir--The superb ensemble Le Poème Harmonique presents a program of street dances and courtly songs in 17th century Spain & Italy. Française at the Embassy of France, in cooperation with the French-American Cultural foundation. For information on the many activities and concerts at the Maison, you may explore the site: www.houseoffrancedc.com Le Poème Harmonique, a group of soloists who came together in 1998 under the direction of Vincent Dumestre, centres its artistic activity on music of the seventeenth and the early eighteenth century. The group’s vocal and instrumental interpretations are enriched by other disciplines, with actors and dancers joining its singers and musicians in programmes of chamber works – Le Ballet des Fées, Il Fasolo – and, since 2004, in large-scale stage productions, such as Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, a comédie-ballet by Molière and Lully (stage director Benjamin Lazar) and Baroque Carnival (directed by Cécile Roussat), an original show combining Italian music with the circus arts (artists trained at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque). For operatic performances as Cadmus et Hermione by Lully (stage director Benjamin Lazar), Le Poème Harmonique studies in depth the correspondences between ‘period’ aesthetics – use of candles for lighting, authentic gestures and, for Cadmus, painted canvases and machinery – and the aesthetics of modern stage productions. Interaction between artistic disciplines and real teamwork – working together as a company – are Le Poème Harmonique’s hallmark in Baroque performance today. The ensemble also gets back to the sources of early French and Italian music through exploration of its relationships with traditional or folk music. The recording Aux Marches du Palais, for example, is devoted to French songs of oral tradition. For more information, you may explore: www.lepoemeharmonique.fr
It has been some time since we looked at the German courtly love tradition--this week we sample two recent recordings.
Composer: NEIDHART von Reuental (c.1190-c.1245), FRIEDERICH von Sonnenburg (2nd half of the 13th c.),WALTHER von der Vogelweide (c.1170-c.1230), Hadamar von Laber, OSWALD von Wolkenstein (1376/78-1445),HUGO von Montfort (1357-1423), HAWART (?von Antholz?, 13th c.), HAERMANN Damen (c. 1255-1307/09)
CD Info: CD PN-790, CD OC-519
The French harpsichord soloist Béatrice Martin performs some familiar and rare French Baroque repertoire by Couperin, Forqueray, Royer and Rameau.
Composer: FRANÇOIS COUPERIN: (1668-1773), ANTOINE FORQUERAY (1672-1745), PANCRACE ROYER (1705-1755), JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764)
We conclude our look at Jordi Savall's Grammy-award winning disc dedicated to the rise of the Borgia family.
Composer: Johannes Cornago, Cristóbal de Morales, Lluís del Milà, Bartomeu Cárceres, Mateo Flecha, Joan Cabanilles, Gilles Binchois, Guillaume Dufay, Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac, Claude Goudimel
CD Info: AVSA98745
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