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Program: #17-11, Air Date: 03/06/17

The superb Arcana label has released a five CD set in honor of the 30th anniversary of this medieval ensemble, founded by two pairs of Italian sisters in 1986.

Knights, Maids and Miracles. The Spring of Middle Ages - La Reverdie


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In August 1986 two pairs of young sisters (Claudia and Livia Caffagni, Elisabetta and Ella de Mircovich) founded the ensemble La Reverdie. The name, derived from a poetic genre that celebrates the return of Spring, reveals perhaps the principal trait of a group that, for 30 years now, has captivated audiences and critics alike for the variety in its approach to the vast and varied musical repertoire of Middle Ages and early Renaissance. To mark this anniversary, Arcana brings together in a single 5-CD box-set all the themed projects that, over the years, La Reverdie has devoted to various aspects of Medieval culture. From the image of femininity to courtly love, from the music in Medieval thought to the symbolism of light and darkness, each theme developed in this musical collection – an excellent introduction to Medieval music – explores specific repertoires from different points of view, either geographical or literary and philosophical. A journey of discovery that, by virtue of the issues addressed and the freshness of their approach, gives the listener the idea that music in Middle Ages is a fantastic kaleidoscope of sounds and words which reflect the spirit of the time. The history of Europe itself resounds in this anthology of music between 13th and 15th centuries; Latin and vernacular poetry, as well as monody and polyphony, voices and instruments feature a colourful and bright artistic landscape.

Speculum amoris

Speculum amoris
Lyrique d'Amour médieval, du Mysticisme à l'érotisme
La Reverdie
Arcana A 20
Arcana A 336
Contents:

Anon., Italy, 13th c.; Cortona Bibl. Communale e dell'Academia Etrusca, MS 91:
Lauda novella sia cantata

John Forest, London, British Library, MS Add. 57950 (Old Hall MS):
Qualis est dilectus tuus

Anon., England, 13th c.; Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS 59:
Edi beo thu, hevene quene

Anon., France, 13th c.; Florence, Bibliotheca Medicea Laurenziana, MS Pluteus 29.4:
Procurata odium

Anon., England, end 14th c.; Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College, MS 512/543:
Patrie pacis

Anon., England, mid 15th c.; Cambridge, Trinity College Library, MS 6.3.58:
Eya martyr Stephane

Anon., Roma, Bibliotheca Vaticana, Codice Vaticano Latino, 3251: Carmina Vaticana
Dulcis amor

Anon., France, 13th c.; Montpellier, Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine, MS H 196:
Acunt vont - Amor qui cor - Kyrie

Pierre des Molins; Strasbourg, Bibliothque de la Ville, MS 222, C. 22:
Amis tout dous

Johannes Simon Hasprois; Chantilly, Musée Condé, 1047:
Ma douce amour

Anon., France mid 14th c.; copie Coussemaker de Strasbourg, Bibliothèque de la Ville, MS 222, C. 22:
Tres douls amis

Francesco Landini; Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, MS Panciatichiano 26:
Questa fanciulla Amor

Anon.; Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS fonds nouv. acq. frc 6771: Codex Reina
Questa fanciulla Amor

Anon., Italy, mid 14th c.; Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, MS Panciatichiano 26:
Quan je voy

Magister Piero; Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, MS Panciatichiano 26:
Con dolce brama

Richard Neville; Oxford Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 191:
Go hert

Oswald von Wolkenstein; Innsbruck, Universitätsbibliothek, Wolkenstein Hanschrift B:
Ain graserin

Anon., England, 14th c.; Cambridge, University Library, MS add. 5843:
Trew on wam ys all my tryst

O tu chara sciença

O Tu Chara Sciença
Musique de la Pensée Médiévale
La Reverdie
Arcana 29
Arcana A332
Contents:

Lorenzo da Firenze; Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, MS Panciatichiano 26:
A poste messe

Anon., France, end 15th c., Ivrea, Biblioteca Capitolare:
Or sus vous dormez trop

Fulbert de Chartres (attr.), Florence, Santa Maria Novella, 565, F.3:
De luscinia

Francesco Landini, Florence, Bibl. Laurenziana, Ms. Squarcialupi:
Si dolce non sonò

Magister Piero, Florence, Bibliotheca Nazionale Centrale, MS Panciatichiano 26:
Segugi a corda

Anon., France, 13th c., Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek MS 1206:
Qui vult psallere

Bernard de Cluny, Strasbourg, Bibliothèque de la Ville, MS M 222 C22:
Pantheon abluitur / Appolinis eclipsatur / Zodiacum

Giovanni da Firenze, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS 6771:
O tu chara sciença

Francesco Landini, Florence, Bibliotheca Laurenziana, MS Squarcialupi:
Musica son / Già furon / Ciascun vuoli

Mayshuet, London, British Library, MS Old Hall:
Are post libamina / Nunc surgunt

Donato da Firenze, Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, MS Panciatichi:
S'i' monocordo gentil

Andrea dei Servi, Florence, Biblioteca Laurenziana, MS Squarcialupi:
Non più doglie ebbe Dido

Tassinus, Montpellier, Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine, Mèy: SH 196:
Chose Tassin

Caedmon, Cambridge Univiversity, MS KK 5.16 "Moore":
Nu sculon herigean

Anon., fin IXe s., Graduale Romanum, Saint-Gall, Stiftsbibliothek 359:
In omnem terram

Anon., France, 13th c., Bibliothèque Nationale Latine 903
Alleluya / Cantabant sancti

Hildegard von Bingen, Dendermonde, St-Pieters & Paulussabdij, MS Cod. 9:
Laus Trinitati

Anon., France, 13th c., Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, MS 1099:
Ysaias cecinit / Tytire tu patule

J. de Porta, Chantilly, Musée Condé, MS 1047:
Alma polis religio / Axe poli cum artica

Anon., Italie 13th c., Florence, Ms. Magliabechiano, II,I, 122:
Lo Signore ringraçando

Suso in Italia Bella
Musique dans les cours et cloitres de l'Italie du Nord
La Reverdie
Arcana A 38 [CD]
Arcana A 320 [CD - Digipack]
Contents:

Paolino d'Aquileia: Versus de Herico duce (4 voices, zither)
Anon d'Aquilée: O lylium convallium (3 voices)
Anon d'Aquilée: Submersus iacet Pharao (3 voices, harp, zither)
Uc di Saint Circ: Tres enemics (voice, 2 harps)
Rudolf von Fenis: Gewan ich ze Minnen (voice, 2 vielles)
Anon: En mort d'En Joan de Cucanh (voice, lute, recorder, 2 vielles, harp, percussion)
Jacopo da Bologna: Lux purpurata / Diligite justitiam (3 voices, lute, vielle, rebec)
Jacopo da Bologna: O in Italia felice Liguria (2 voices, lute, vielle)
Arr. Sherwin: O in Italia felice Liguria (recorder, cornet)
Jacopo da Bologna: Nel bel giardino che l'Adige (2 voices, recorder, rebec, cornet, vielle)
Arr. Mircovich: Pyrançe la Bella Yguana (lute, recorder, rebec, harp, vielle, percussion)
Vincenzo da Rimini: Nell'acqua chiara (3 voices)
Anon-Venetian: La nobil scala (lute, rebec, vielle)
Marchetto da Padova: Ave Corpus Sanctum (3 voices, trombone)
Bartolino da Padova: Imperial sedendo (2 voices)
Anon: Imperial sedendo (lute, vielle, harp)
Matteo da Perugia: Rondeau sans texte (lute, vielle, rebec, harp, cornet)
Antonio da Cividale: Strenua quam duxit / Gaudeat & tani (3 voices, lute, vielle)

Insula Feminarum
Résonances médiévales de la Féminité Celte
La Reverdie
Arcana A 59 [CD]
Arcana A 311 [CD]
Contents:

Serca (Amores) «Ysot ma drue, Ysot m'amie en vus ma mort, en vus ma vie»

Anon., England, early 15th c., Cambridge, University Lib., MS Add 5943:
Wyth right al my hert
Tir na mBan (instr. Version by Elisabetta de Mircovich)

Anon., France, 13th c., Chantilly, Musée Condé, MS 546:
Se Geneive, Tristan

Anon., Italy, early 15th c., Oxford, Bodleian Lib., MS:
Lamento di Tristano & Rotta

Anon., instr. variations by Doron David Sherwin:
Tre Fontane
Banflaith (Regalitas) «Rex est pax populorum, cura languorum, temperies aeris, serenitas maris, terre fecunditas»

Anon., England, early 14th c.:
Deus tuorum militum / Deflore martyrum / Ave Rex:

Anon., England, early 14th c., Oxford, Bodleian Lib., MS e Mus. 7:
Ave miles celestis curie / Ave Rex patrone patrie / Ave Rex

Anon.of Orkneys, 12th c., Uppsala, University Lib., Codex 223:
Nobilis humilis Magne martir

Frankes, early 15th c., instr. version by Doron David Sherwin, Oxford, Bodleian Lib., MS Ashmole 191:
Quene Note
Echtrai (Casus) «Ni raba-sa riam cen fer ar scath araille ocum» (Tain Bó Cuaílnge, 9th c.)

Jacopo da Bologna, Firenze, Bibl. Naz., MS Panciatichi:
Di novo è giunto un chavalier

Anon., France, 13th c., Montpellier, Faculté de Médecine, H 196:
S'on me regarde / Prenés i garde / Hé mi enfant

Donato da Firenze, Bibl. Naz., MS Panciatichi:
Seguendo 'l canto d'un uccel

Giovanni da Firenze:
Nel boscho senza foglie
Físi (Visione) «I saw a swete semly syght a blisful birde a blossom bright that murnyng made & mirth of-mange» (Anon., England, 14th c.)

Anon., Italy, early 15th c., Faenza, Bibl. Comunale, Codex 117:
Ave Maris Stella

San Godric di Finchale, British Museum Lib., MS Royal 5F:
Crist & Sainte Marie
Sainte Marie Viergene

Anon., Rhein region, 13th c., Bamberg, Staatbibl., MS Lit. 115:
Prima cedit femina / Mulierum hodie / Mulierum

Oswald von Wolkenstein, Innsbruck, Wolkensteinhanschrift B:
Ave mutter kuniginne / Ave mater

Nox-Lux
France & Angleterre, 1200-1300
Ensemble La Reverdie
Arcana A 307
Content:

Doron D. Sherwin, 1998
Nox (psaltery, harp)

Wipo von Burgund, Graduale romanum
Sequentia: Victimæ pascali laudes (4 voices)

Perotinus Magnus, Ms. Montpellier, Bibl. Fac. Med. MS H 19
Clausula: Mors a primi patris / Mors, que stimulo / Mors morsu nata / Mors (4 voices)

Claudia Caffagni, 1999
Occasum (psaltery)

Anon., France, 13th c., Firenze, Bibl. Laurenziana Ms. Plut. 29.1
Pange melos lacrimosum (2 voices, vielle, rebec, percussion)

Anon., France, 13th c., Ms. Montpellier, Bibl. Fac. Med. MS H 19
Balaam inquit / Huic placuit tres Magi (4 voices)
Iam nubes dissolvitur / Solem (4 voices)
An doz mois de Mai / Cruz forma penitentie / Sustinere (3 voices)
A la clarté qui tout enlumina / Et illuminare (voice, psaltery, vielle, rebec, harp, bells)
Porta preminentie / Porta penitentie / Portas (6 voices)

Anon., England, 13th c., / Ella de' Mircovich, Oxford Bodl. Lib., Ms. Rawlinson G 22
Miri it is hwile sumer ilasts (4 voices, psaltery, vielle, rebec, harp, percussion)

Anon., England, 13th c., Lonson, Brit. Lib., Ms. Cotton Fragment XXIX
Sancta mater gracie / Do way Robin (2 voices, psaltery)

Anon., England, 13th c., Oxford, Christi College, Ms. B 489
Rondellus: Rosa fragrans (3 voices, 3 harps, bells)

Ella de' Mircovich, 2000
Mors et vita duello (lute, recorder, rebec, harp, percussion)

Anon., England, early 14th c., Oxford, New College
Petronian motet: Caligo terrae scinditur / Virgo Maria (3 voices, cornet, lute, vielle, harp)

Anon., England, early 14th c., London, Brit. Museum Ms. Egerton 2207
Anglia tibi turbidas spera lucem post tenebras (5 voices, lute, vielle, rebec, percussion)

Oswald von Wolkenstein, Innsbruck, Wolkenstein HS. B
Ich spuer ein tyer (voice, lute, vielle, harp)

Guillaume Dufay, Oxford, Bodl. Lib,. Ms. Canonici B 16
Resveilles vous & faites chiere lye (cornet, lute, vielle, rebec, harp)

Guillaume Dufay / Doron D. Sherwin
Resveilles vous & faites chiere lye (voice, lute, vielle, rebec, harp)

Doron D. Sherwin
Lux (2 voices, cornet, recorder, harp, bells)

Composer Info

John Forest, Pierre des Molins, Johannes Simon Hasprois, Francesco Landini, Magister Piero, Richard Neville, Oswald von Wolkenstein, Lorenzo da Firenze, Fulbert de Chartres, Bernard de Cluny, Giovanni da Firenze, Mayshuet, Donato da Firenze, Andrea dei Servi, Tassinus, Caedmon, Hildegard von Bingen, J. de Porta, Paolino d'Aquileia, Uc di Saint Circ, Rudolf von Fenis, Jacopo da Bologna, Arr. Sherwin, Arr. Mircovich, Vincenzo da Rimini, Marchetto da Padova, Bartolino da Padova, Matteo da Perugia, Antonio da Cividale, Frankes, San Godric di Finchale, Doron D. Sherwin, Wipo von Burgund, Perotinus Magnus, Claudia Caffagni, Ella de' Mircovich, Guillaume Dufay

CD Info

Arcana A 20, Arcana A 336, Arcana 29, Arcana A332, Arcana A 38, Arcana A 320, Arcana A 59 , Arcana A 311, Arcana A 307