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Concert of Early Music

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This unopened CD is sealed in original plastic, and has 25 selections.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pavana la bataille
  2. L'homme arme
  3. Il sera pour vous conbatu-l'homme arme
  4. O Rosa bella
  5. Galliard After Lavecha
  6. Blame Not My Lute
  7. Patrie pacis
  8. Amor potest - ad amorem
  9. Aime sospiri
  10. Chi passa per sta strada
  11. Hoftanz und Hupfauff
  12. Es Taget vor dem Walde
  13. Es Taget vor dem Walde
  14. J'ay le rebours
  15. Tastar de corde; Recercar
  16. Belle qui tiens ma vie
  17. Kalenda Maya
  18. Danse royale
  19. Dont vient cela
  20. Me Lykyth Ever
  21. Mir ist ein schonst brauns Maidelein
  22. Amors, Amors
  23. Tant apart
  24. Tout a par moy
  25. Saltarello


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Classics
  • ASIN: B00000AFOX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Musica Reservata's "A Concert of Early Music" is a _Must-Have_ for any lover of Medieval and Rennaisance tunes. While quirky (and even at times jarringly abrasive), this recording brought to the forefront the importance of Crusade-accquired instruments and techniques during the trouvere and troubador period in France.
This Album is a wonderful excercise in "Compare and Contrast". In one album, we hear the gamut of Early Music... from Jantina Noorman's rambunctious rendition's of Raimbaut de Vaquieras' "Kalenda Maya" and Robert Morton's "Il sera pour vous conbatu / l'home arme" to the refined, and even ethereal pieces that came much later, such as "Aime sospiri" and "Dont vient cela".
This is an early (and very important) attempt to put Early Music into its Social context. You can smell the Great Hall, the Cathedral, and the Marketplace in these performances. The performers were all having a ball from the sound of things. The instrumentalists and singers are at the top of their form... both rebecs and mezzo's are doing things that, while they may have been common in 1300, haven't been recorded as fervently since this album's release in 1972.
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By A Customer on October 25, 1999
A wonderful recording that totally captivated me when I was 20 years old, and it's still one of my all-time favorites. Jantina Noorman's brilliant vocal performance is scarcely to be believed -- incredibly varied and nuanced. This recording would be an excellent choice for anyone just getting interested in early music as well as the expert!
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Most Early Music ensembles make the mistake of performing the music of the period in a way that screams "training!" In other words, too polite and formal. Musica Reservata Of London, took a different approach, realizing that singers were probably NOT formally trained to sing as they do today. The Reservata's approach is to present the songs with characterization, giving you a picture in your head of each performer. The resulting effect is more interesting and lively songs. Jantina Noorman's the lead here, giving you many different "characters", with differing emotional readings of each song, rather than just singing it the way she's been trained to. I love the harmony bursts in some of their renditions, such as "Faulte d'argent". And the male leads give you some characters too: the grinning, braggarty, singer of "Me Lyketh Ever"; the shy and clueless fellow sighing over the lady who has him bewitched in "Mir ist ein schonst brauns Madelein". I like "Es taget vor dem valde" also - a hunting song to rouse a dog/horse to get up and go rabbit hunting on a cold foggy morning? The prayer-like "Patrie pacis"; the blaring "Amor potest" (I've always called it, "The Ha-Ha Song", you'll see what I mean)

This CD is a musical time machine - you can just see the characters, the environment, the dazzling clothes of an era gone by.
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