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Piffarissimo: Instrumental Music At The Council Of Constance 1414-1418

De La Torre / Bauml
Release Date: 05/13/2014 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72631   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Guglielmo Ebreo da PesaroPhilippe De VitryGuillaume DufayAnonymous,   ... 
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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PIFFARISSIMO: Instrumental Music at the Council of Constance 1414–1418 Katharina Bäuml, cond; Capella de la Torre CHALLENGE 72631 (61: 54)


Works by: EBREO, IMPROVISATION, DUFAY, ANONYMOUS, DOMENICO DA PIACENZA, WOLKENSTEIN, BINCHOIS, BEDHINGHAM, CORNAZANO


Not to throw cold water on this program’s theme—the Council of Constance (1414–1418) that ended the Three Popes Controversy, executed Jan Hus (after first requesting his presence under a letter of Read more safe conduct), and was attended by a total of roughly 50,000 people over time—but we know next to nothing about what works were performed by the musicians who came with various delegations. A lot of music was heard, and we know quite a few of the instruments that were used, if not exactly in what combination. We also know that some pieces were improvised, especially dance music: That’s about it. I have my doubts that one of Philippe de Vitry’s polytextural motets would have been provided at that late a date, given how old-fashioned they would have been considered. And would works by Dufay have been heard at the Council? He was only 21 by the time it retired, and nothing survives of his from that period in his life. It’s probably best to ignore the ostensible theme, and simply regard this album as a sampling of dances and instrumental transcriptions of sacred and secular pieces from the 14th century, as played by one of the finer ensembles specializing in the period.


Though their web site has photos and bios of nine musicians, Capella de la Torre is a flexible group whose numbers differ per album. On this one only six of the core group take part, abetted by a guest, Keal Couper, for additional “loud” instruments (sackbut, slide trumpet, and cowhorn—yes, really). Most of the music in fact uses some combination of shawms, sackbuts, and slide trumpets, though Johannes Vogt offers several selections in lute arrangements, with light percussion accompaniment. (But since the musicians place heavy emphasis on their authenticity, would it have been likely for a loud ensemble dance like Leoncello to include a verse for solo lute, as it does here?) The program is divided according to “Entry of the Musicians and Invocation of the Holy Ghost,” successive sections for French, Italian, English, and German music, and a “Jam Session” of five selections that sneaks in one from the Burgundian School ( Je me recommande by Binchois).


If you’re at all familiar with this ensemble’s work, you’ll know to expect technically expert performances, and constantly varied textures. Though not as large and diverse a group as Piffaro, Capella de la Torre has a deserved reputation for excellence in this music. We can’t begin to guess what Emperor Sigismund or Otto Colonna, soon to be Pope Martin V, heard in Constance, but we can enjoy this album of instrumental works spanning more than half a century.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Amoroso by Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Vos quid admiramini by Philippe De Vitry
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1330s; France 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Veni, Creator Spiritus, hymn for 3 voices by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Tuba Gallicalis by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 14th Century 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Molendinum de Paris No. 1 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
M'amour, basse dance for consort by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Virgo dulcis / Tuba Heinrici de libero castro by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8.
Molendinum de Paris No. 2 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9.
Gloria ad modum tubae by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
10.
Petits vriens by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Written: 14th Century 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
11.
Auxce bon youre delabonestren by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
12.
Gelosia by Domenico da Piacenza
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Leoncello by Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
14.
Deo gracias Anglia, carol (a.k.a. "Our King Went Forth") by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15.
I have so long keepe shepe by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
St Thomas Honour We (15th c.), carol by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Ave mater, o Maria, K 116 by Oswald von Wolkenstein
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Medieval 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18.
Her wiert uns dürstet also sere, K 97 by Oswald von Wolkenstein
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Medieval 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
19.
Zappay lo campo, strambatto, CM20 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
20.
Je me recommande, rondeau for 3 voices, R. 18 by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
21.
Mon seul plaisier by John Bedyngham
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 14th Century 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
22.
Le fille guillemin, ballo, CM6 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
23.
La Vida de Culin by Anonymous
Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Hans-Rosbaud-Studio SWR Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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