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Cantigas De Santa Maria [Import]

Alfonso X el Sabio , Ensemble Gilles Binchois , Françoise Atlan , Anne-Marie Lablaude , Dominique Vellard , Emmanuel Bonnardot , Keyvan Chemirani Audio CD
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  • Performer: Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Françoise Atlan, Anne-Marie Lablaude, Dominique Vellard, Emmanuel Bonnardot, et al.
  • Composer: Alfonso X el Sabio
  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ambroisie
  • ASIN: B0007NDB6U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue to the 'Cantigas de Santa María' (Porque trobar é cousa en que jaz)
2. Cantiga de Santa María 139, Maravillosos e piadosos
3. Cantiga de Santa María 234, A que faz os peccadores dos peccados repentir
4. Cantiga de Santa María 42, A Virgen mui groriosa
5. Cantiga de Santa María 29, Nas mentes senpre teer
6. Cantiga de Santa María 10, Rosa das rosas e Fror das frores
7. Cantiga de Santa María 70, Eno nome de María
8. Cantiga de Santa María 384, A que por gran fremosura é chamada Fror das frores
9. Cantiga de Santa María 380, Sen calar
10. Cantiga de Santa María 90, Sola fusti, senlleira
11. Cantiga de Fiestas de Santa María 422, Madre de Deus, ora por nos teu Fill' essa ora (Sibylline verse)
12. Cantiga de Santa María 110, Tant' é Santa María de ben mui conprida
13. Cantiga de Santa María 350, Santa María, Sennor
14. Cantiga de Santa María 400, Pero Cantigas de loor
15. Cantiga de Santa María 20, Virga de Jesse
16. Cantiga de Santa María 29, Nas mentes senpre teer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Polished and convincing December 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This recording presents twelve of Alfonso X's Cantigas (one of them incorporated into the famous 'El Cant de la Sibilla') and two instrumental realisations (one being repeated to serve as an epilogue).

As in many other modern performances of this repertory, the interpretations of Ensemble Gilles Binchois have been inspired by the idea of Berber influences on Alfonso's court, for which there is sound academic support. Their ensemble is a convincing size for a courtly setting (such as is depicted in the 'Prologo' [track 1] illumination, where Moorish influences are best justified), and it consists of 4 singers and 4 instrument groups: vielle (the favoured instrument of the Trouvere High Style repertory), lute/oud (the most depicted instrument group in the Cantiga illuminations), crwth (a relative of the harp, favoured by Troubadours), and Moorish percussion (the instruments used here being related examples of the darrabukka, which is depicted in the illumination for Cantiga 300).

Overall, the performances are musically polished and academically convincing, and they are supported by interesting liner notes written by Troubadour scholar Pierre Bec. The contours and meters of the original melodies are respected, with the improvisations, introductions and ornaments being both sparse and economical. Anne-Marie Lablaude, Emmanuel Bonnardot and Dominique Vellard are at their best, both in terms of intonation and vocal timbre; they are joined by Francoise Atlan, who also contributes to the high performance standard here. Accompaniments are simple and effective (heterophonic or otherwise), and Keyvan Chemirani's percussion playing is outstanding.
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