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Speculum Amoris: Medieval Love Lyrics of Mysticism & Eroticism - La Reverdie

Pierre de Molins , John Forest , Johannes Simonys Hasprois , Francesco Landini , Magister Piero , Richard Neville , Oswald von Wolkenstein , Elisabetta de'Mircovich , La Reverdie , Claudia Caffagni Audio CD
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  • Performer: Elisabetta de'Mircovich, La Reverdie, Claudia Caffagni
  • Composer: Pierre de Molins, John Forest, Johannes Simonys Hasprois, Francesco Landini, Magister Piero, et al.
  • Audio CD (January 4, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arcana Records
  • ASIN: B00008EOO9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Speculum Amoris": Medieval Love Lyrics between Mysticism and Eroticism. Performed by La Reverdie (Elisabetta de' Mircovich, vocals, rebec, medieval harp and portative organ; Doron David Sherwin, vocals, cornett, percussion; Claudia Caffagni, vocals, lute, percussion; Livia Caffagni, vocals, recorders, vielle; Paolo Zerbinatti, symphonia). Recorded at San Vigilio, Col San Martino/Treviso, Italy in March 1992. Engineer: Pere Casulleras. Producer: Michel Bernstein. Published in 1993 by Arcana as A20. Total time: 51'30".

The Arcana recordings by the Italian ensemble La Reverdie approach, in their esoteric beauty, the medieval recordings by the American quartet Anonymous 4. There are, however, great differences. The La Reverdie recordings are not only based on minute scientific research but also on philosophical concepts, these usually being explained in the form of heady intellectual essays printed in the accompanying booklets in four languages. The music itself is eclectic, being carefully selected from manuscripts held in European university libraries. The interpretations are beautifully done, combining male and female voices with delightful instrumental accompaniments, all captured absolutely bewitchingly by the Arcana engineers under the perfectionist scrutiny of the late Michel Bernstein.

"Speculum Amoris" was the first La Reverdie recording for Arcana and its title is a reference to various medieval tracts in which the art of love was propagated. The introductory text makes it plain that the pieces collected here are intended to ignore the more heathen love poetry of the troubadours and of the Icelandic tradition; they concentrate on the mixture of the religious (adoration of Mary!
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