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Time Of The Templars - Hildegard Of Bingen, Vogelweide


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8503192   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Walther v. der VogelweideRichard I "Coeur-de-Lion"Blondel de NesleAlfons X (El Sabio),   ... 
Performer:  Manuela SchenaleCarmen CanoShirley Rumsey
Conductor:  Thomas WimmerJeremy SummerlyAlberto TurcoGraham Derrick,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  EstampieOxford CamerataNova Schola Gregoriana,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performances that are excellent, vibrant and well chosen.

This triple CD box set is testimony, in part at least, to the sterling work that Naxos have been doing over the last decade not only for early music in general but for many performers from all over the world who would otherwise have remained little known to us. Several of them are represented here and their work is astonishingly varied, often controversial but always exciting and worth hearing. This is a compilation box and it comes with all the frustrations and pleasures you might expect. It is after all meant as a stimulus to buyers to investigate the work of these groups. On the other hand it could be seen by some purchasers as constituting the early music
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A wide range of styles are represented but with many gaps, mostly in the area of very early music associated with the flourishing heyday of the mysterious Knights Templar from the late 11th century to the late 14th century. The history of this organization is cleverly traced throughout the individual booklets that go with each CD. Let’s take them one by one although some of the pieces are interchangeable and could have been placed on any of the discs.

Music for a Knight takes in 20 tracks ranging from Troubadour and Trouvère songs to Hildegard of Bingen. You can also encounter examples from the Cantigas of Santa Maria compiled under the auspices of King Alfonso the Wise of Spain as well as some scurrilous songs from medieval Germany as drawn from the Carmina Burana manuscript.

My only gripe is that Naxos seems to think that the listener’s concentration span is no more than about three minutes. Although much medieval music is quite short where Naxos have an opportunity for a long piece, say with Pérotin’s great ‘Viderunt Omnes’ they, unforgivably fade it out despite the fact that there is clearly ample time left on the disc for the complete work. Shame on you Naxos.

The performances are all excellent, vibrant and well chosen. I have especially enjoyed the sheer bacchanalian joy radiating from the Carmina Burana pieces. These are performed by the youthful Unicorn ensemble who really let their hair down in an orgy of noise. More sober is the ethereal music of Hildegard whose soaring melodies are lovingly tendered by Jeremy Summerly’s Oxford Camerata. It seems odd that we are left with one solo lute piece at the very end rather out of place with the rest and never pursued on other discs. It is sad that Shirley Rumsey is not heard a little more.

Music of the Church - was Hildegard and Perotin not music for the church? - consists entirely of Gregorian chant. This is beautifully and idiomatically sung, as you might expect, by the Nova Schola Gregoriana. The pieces chosen dot around the liturgical year in a dizzying array. For example track 5 is a Gradual ‘Dirigatur’ using words set for the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (as it is now calculated). That is followed by ‘Domine, Dominus Noster’ for the ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

The disc is sectioned into Introits, Graduals, Offertories, Communion prayers etc. The CD booklet, states clearly which Sunday or festive day each chant belongs to and what is of interest. However as with the other two discs no texts are supplied.

The third and final disc is entitled ‘Music for the Mediterranean’. If you have been to Malta or Cyprus - both islands owned by the Templars - you may well have been to one or other of the museums devoted to their history. So what music did they encounter on their travels? This disc intends to tell you. Of especial interest are the recordings of traditional music and pieces from Turkey and Cyprus performed by the Oni Wytars ensemble: very authentic, very ethnic. It’s interesting to compare their approach to the sound of the pieces on CD 1 from the court of Alfonso the Wise. We know that the Crusaders brought back instruments from the Middle East to Western Europe - the lute, the nackers, the crumhorn. They also brought back performing styles: things that might have reminded them of their travels. That said, I found the Traditional Syrian 'Dinaresade' (track 3) far too long at over thirteen minutes (compare with the Perotin on CD1). The little pieces by Adam de la Halle suddenly chucked in at the end of the disc (weighing in at less than five minutes) are far too short to give an accurate representation. Anyway I wonder to myself why is de la Halle - the so called founder of opera with his ‘musical’ Le Jeu de Robin et Marian - not represented on CD 1? Nevertheless the CD does offer some rare and fascinating material which helps to paint a much fuller picture of music in this particular period, a picture which we in the West are often not a party to.

Recordings are clear and have a suitable ambience. The presentation of the box is attractive and well thought out except that reading the titles and certainly the performer’s names through the red print on the back of the cases needs a very strong magnifying glass.

-- Gary Higginson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Allerêst lebe ich mir werde "Palästinalied" by Walther v. der Vogelweide
Conductor:  Thomas Wimmer,  Jeremy Summerly,  Alberto Turco,  Graham Derrick  ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estampie,  Oxford Camerata,  Nova Schola Gregoriana  ... 
Period: Medieval 
Written: Germany 
2. Ja nuls homs pris by Richard I "Coeur-de-Lion"
Conductor:  Graham Derrick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estampie
3. A l'entrée de l'esté by Blondel de Nesle
Conductor:  Graham Derrick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estampie
Period: Medieval 
4. Cantigas de Santa María: no 60, Entre Av'e Eva by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
5. Cantigas de Santa María: no 213, Quen serve Santa Maria by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
6. Chominciamento di gioia by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; Italy 
7. Carmina burana: no 73, Clauso Chronos by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
8. Carmina burana: no 71, Axe Phebus aureo by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
9. Carmina burana: Katerine collaudemus by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
10. O pastor animarum by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
11. Kalenda maya by Raimbaut de Vaqeiras
Conductor:  Graham Derrick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estampie
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Italy 
12. Kyrie eleison by Anonymous
Performer:  Manuela Schenale (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  In Dulci Jubilo
Period: Medieval 
13. Viderunt omnes by Pérotin
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1200; France 
14. Kyrie eleison by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
15. Vetus abit littera by Anonymous
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Medieval 
16. O virga mediatrix by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
17. Estampie by Anonymous
Conductor:  Graham Derrick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estampie
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
18. Lamento di Tristano by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1300 
19. A la nana by Anonymous
Performer:  Carmen Cano (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Wimmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
20. Guardame las vacas by Anonymous
Performer:  Shirley Rumsey (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
21. Adorate Deum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
22. Da pacem by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
23. Dominus illuminatio mea by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
24. Laetetur cor by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
25. Dirigatur by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
26. Domine, Domine noster by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
27. Iacta cogitatum tuum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
28. Laetatus sum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
29. Adorabo ad templum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
30. De profundis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
31. Laudate Deum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
32. Deus, iudex iustus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
33. Domine convertere by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
34. Iubilate Deo universa terra by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
35. Iustitiae Domini by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
36. Circuibo by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
37. Dicit Dominus: Implete hydria by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
38. Dominus firmamentum meum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
39. Qui manducat by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
40. Gustate et videte by Anonymous
Conductor:  Alberto Turco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana
Period: Medieval 
Written: Iberian Peninsula 
41. Carmina Burana: Bache, bene venies CB200 by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Written: c12th/13th Cents 
42. Carmina burana: no 153, Tempus transit gelidum by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
43. Carmina burana: no 179, Tempus est jocundum by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
44. Dinaresade by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
45. Nevestinko oro by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Written: Macedonia 
46. Sei willekommen, Herre Christ by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn
Period: Medieval 
47. Kod Bethlehema by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
48. Koleda na Bozic by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
49. Dudul by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Ensemble Oni Wytars
50. Kyrie eleison by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Period: Medieval 
51. De la crudel morte de Cristo by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
Period: Medieval 
Written: Italy 
52. Sallalahu ala Muhammed by Yunus Emre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
53. Pesrev by Yunus Emre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
54. Ey Derviccsler by Yunus Emre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
55. Keh Moshe by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Oni Wytars
56. Le jeu de Robin et de Marion: Robin m'aime by Adam de la Halle
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
57. Le jeu de Robin et de Marion: Mout me fu grief li departir / Robin m'aime / Portare by Adam de la Halle
Conductor:  Antony Pitts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus

Featured Sound Samples

Disc 1: Music for a Knight: Excerpts
Disc 2: Music of the Church: Excerpts

Sound Samples

Palastinalied
Ja nus hons pris ne dira sa raison (Under the Greenwood Tree): Ja nuls homs pris
A l'entrant d'este que li tens s'agence
Cantiga No. 60, "Entre Av'e Eva"
Chominciamento di gioia: Saltarello No. 1
Carmina Burana: Clauso Cronos
Cantiga No. 213, "Quen serve Santa Maria"
Carmina Burana: Axe Phebus aureo
Carmina Burana: Katerine collaudemus
O pastor animarum
Kalenda maya
Kyrie eleison
Viderunt omnes: Notum fecit ...
Kyrie eleison
Vetus abit littera (4-part conductus): Vetus abit littera
Alleluia, O virga mediatrix
Estampie
Lamento di Tristano: La Rotta
A la nana
Guardame las vacas
Introitus: Adorate Deum
Introitus: Da pacem
Introitus: Dominus illuminatio mea
Introitus: Laetetur cor
Gradualia: Dirigatur
Gradualia: Domine, Dominus noster
Gradualia: Iacta cogitatum tuum
Gradualia: Laetatus sum
Versus Alleluiatici: Adorabo
Versus Alleluiatici: De profundis
Versus Alleluiatici: Deus, iudex iustus
Versus Alleluiatici: Laudate Deum
Offertoria: De profundis
Offertoria: Domine, convertere
Offertoria: Iubilate Deo universa terra
Offertoria: Iustitiae Domini
Communiones: Circuibo
Communiones: Dicit Dominus: Implete hydrias
Communiones: Dominus firmamentum meum
Communiones: Qui manducat
Communiones: Psalm 33, "Gustate et videte"

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