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Magdalena - Medieval Songs / Belinda Sykes, Joglaresa


Release Date: 09/02/2003 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 26   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousGontier de SoigniesConon de BéthuneAlfons X (El Sabio)
Performer:  Riccardo DelfinoJennie CassidyBen DavisCaitríona O'Leary
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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My only real complaint about this disc is that unless you already happen to have heard of the UK-based medieval music ensemble Joglaresa, the CD's outer packaging gives you almost no clue as to the nature of the performances within. You will have no idea, for instance, that this very fine group ("well-established" according to the liner notes inside) consists of four women vocalists (who are very skilled at improvising and creating a myriad of styles and vocal colors to suit the particular song), accompanied by two first-rate instrumentalists who
Read more offer the unique and characterful voices of medieval fiddle, harps, and hurdy-gurdy.

And if you haven't heard this group before, even a glance at the list of 24 musical selections--chants, hymns, songs, lauds--won't prepare you for the amazing interpretive variety and near-theatrical enthusiasm these performers employ to enliven this repertoire, which we're used to hearing in more pure, refined treatments. But Joglaresa adds lots of little improvisatory ornaments--many obviously influenced by Middle Eastern/North African styles--and uses many different vocal/instrumental combinations to sustain our interest.

As they move from one song to the next (and the programming order is very intelligently thought-out) you really get a sense of travelling, not only through time, but through different parts of the ancient Christian world, everywhere that the stories and legends of Mary Magdalen were told and sung. We hear the kind of pure, clear sound typical of Anonymous 4 or Trio Mediaeval (Ave, clari generis dulcis Magdalena), and just as quickly we're transported to a cruder, more earthy rendition of a 14th century Italian lauda (O Madalena ch'andasti al sepulcro), and then to a beautiful trouvére love song ("Chanter voel par grant amour"). Each singer has a recognizable, distinctive timbre and all these musicians know how to use that uniqueness to enhance the different expressive characteristics of the songs. The sound is open and vibrant, natural and clear. Now that I've somewhat de-mystified the contents of this CD, serious early-music fans, you know what you have to do.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Magdalena degna da laudare by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Fami cantar l'amor di la beata by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Flos in monte cernitur by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Chanter voel par grant amour by Anonymous
Performer:  Riccardo Delfino (Harp), Jennie Cassidy (Voice)
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
5. Victimae paschali laudes by Anonymous
Performer:  Riccardo Delfino (Hurdy-gurdy), Ben Davis (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with an instrumental setting of "Benedicamus Domino."
Arranged: St. Martial Codex (f. 158v) 
6. Ortorum virentium/Virga Yesse by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. Benedicamus Domino by Anonymous
Performer:  Ben Davis (Fiddle), Riccardo Delfino (Hurdy-gurdy)
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1200 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with an instrumental setting of "Victimae paschali laudes."
Arranged: Las Huelgas manuscript (no 39, f. 25v) 
8. Novum festum celebremus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. Parlamento by Anonymous
Performer:  Riccardo Delfino (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10. Con la madre by Anonymous
Performer:  Caitríona O'Leary (Voice)
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed in Italian and Latin. 
11. Hodie mater gaudeat ecclesia by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12. Salve, pia Magdalena by Anonymous
Performer:  Caitríona O'Leary (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1300; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. O Maria Magdalena cuius cuncta crimina by Anonymous
Performer:  Jennie Cassidy (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1300; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. Benedicamus Domino, Magdalena Sponsa Ihesu Cristi by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1300; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15. Magdalenam laude plenam by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16. Ex illustri by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
17. E, Dame jolie by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18. Peccatrice, nominata by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19. Li tens nouviaus et la douçours by Gontier de Soignies
Performer:  Riccardo Delfino (Hurdy-gurdy), Ben Davis (Fiddle)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with an instrumental setting of Conon de Béthune's "Chançon legiere a entendre." 
20. Chançon legière a entendre by Conon de Béthune
Performer:  Riccardo Delfino (Hurdy-gurdy), Ben Davis (Fiddle)
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with an instrumental setting of Gontier de Soignies' "Li tens nouviaus et la douçours." 
21. Voi ch'amate by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
22. O Maria noli flere by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
23. Cantigas de Santa María: no 300, Muito deveria by Alfons X (El Sabio)
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
24. The Play of Daniel: Cum doctorum-Rex in aeternum vive-Vos Danielem " Entrance of the Queen" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Belinda Sykes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joglaresa
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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