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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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  1. Renaissance Song & Dance10:39Album Only
  2. Dance Suite - Eramus Widmann - 1613 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Three English Songs for Voice & Instruments 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Instrumental Music of the Early Baroque16:36Album Only
  5. Festive Sounds 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Trouvere Tunes 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. The Cabinet Organ 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Lauda and Motet 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Minstrel Melodies 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Medieval Dances 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Musica Antiqua Amsterdam
  • Composer: Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach, Anonymous, English Anonymous, German Anonymous, Italian Anonymous, et al.
  • Audio CD (August 24, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Legacy International
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002NR5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While I understand the first reviewer's complaint about the crackling, it's only on the first two tracks (it's more like you're playing a record than being just unbearable), the rest of the tracks are clean, and I find that the loveliness of the music itself more than overcomes that shortcoming. Track 5, "Festive Sounds", a medley, begins with "Trotto" a rousing drum-driven piece that sounds like a medieval festival dance fest. If you are fond of medieval fair type music, this cd has plenty of lively tunes with the earthy and airy instrumentation authentic to the period. Well worth owning.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T. Connor on December 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This was one of the first recordings of early music I ever bought. It's a broad survey of styles and periods, from the 12th to 17th centuries. I've become a more sohisticated listener since then, but I still get this one out fairly regularly. The recording is apparently old and the digital remastering was not done extraordinarily well, but those who are more interested in music than in audio equipment should be able to listen through the occasional (minor) vinyl surface noise. My major complaint (why I gave it 3 stars instead of 4) is the lack of documentation--there is no information about the musicians, and many of the composers are uncredited (some because they actually are anonymous, but sometimes out of apparent laziness). Still, at this price it's a bargain.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James L. Farmer on November 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This cd is worth picking up. Yes the first couple of tracks have pops and crackles in it. And yes it sounds as if the music was transferred directly from a vinyl source but the performances and selections on this cd are fabulous. And you get use to the flaws in the recordings which I find minor.

This cd was actually the first Medieval and Renaissance album I ever bought. I bought it randomly in 1992 to try and introduce myself to these two era's of Classical music. And it was PERFECT. I have been a loyal fan of Medieval & Renaissance music ever since. I currently own 25 to 30 cd's covering these era now and this album is still one of my favorites......
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Maddy Evil on April 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It is perhaps unfair to judge the performances on this recording (presumably made in the late 1950s/early 60s? - we are not given a date) by modern standards of early music performance. Yes, there are moments when the experimental nature of the approach is all too apparent, both in terms of the [im]plausibility of the interpretations and in the [at times] excruciating intonation (a particularly pertinent example is the shawm playing in track 10). But what is in fact by far the most deplorable feature of this recording is the utter sparsity of information provided - about the performers, the instruments, the composers, the repertoire, etc. Worse still, what little that is provided is often hopelessly inaccurate: sometimes in the form of blatant spelling errors (e.g. the Coventry Carol becomes here 'Lully Lullary', etc.), at other times factual blunders (the medieval 'Estampie' in track 10 is in fact a 16th century [i.e. Renaissance!!] tourdion, 'Quand je bois du vin clairet', whilst John Dowland's 'Frogg Galliard', c.1597, is here given an anonymous attribution...etc., etc., etc.).

In short, for those not acquainted with pre-Baroque music, this is NOT a good place to start!!! Seasoned Early Music connoisseurs, on the other hand, may find a perverse pleasure in some atrocious moments, or perhaps take interest in its value as an example of historically informed performance style in the pioneering years.

For those interested, here are some alternative recommendations if you are new to this music: firstly, 2 wide-ranging compilations by 2 well-known ensembles -

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev Laurel on April 24, 2007
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This is a fun album. it's festive, playful, and a real joy to listen to. There is something for everyone in this album--including and especially SCAdians. In fact there's probably at least one piece on this album that every SCAdian dancer, musician, and/or bard will recognize. There's courtly songs, love songs, and get out of your chair dances, even formal pieces you associate with concert halls.

Whether you play in the SCA or just love great historical music, this is one of the better albums I've ever bought--on amazon or anywhere else!
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