Neidhart was one of the most popular Minnesingers-or "poet-musicians"-of the late Middle Ages. His songs deal with rustic, erotic and violent topics mediated, however, through court culture, which gives them a stylised, ironic sense of detachment. His div
Early Music often sounds so far away it could have come from a museum: stuffed, deadly and clearly not of this world as we know it. I've been chasing Early Music albums to see if they come close to the spirit of groups like Fairport Convention and The Pentangle, which re-invented folk traditions to make music dating back to the Middle Ages live again. This Neidhart album comes the closest, with spare, forceful arrangements and a sense of relevance often missing from music re-created from that time. I'm deeply impressed with this album and have listened to it often. It comes very highly recommended indeed.
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