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Lost Songs Of A Rhineland Harper / Sequentia


Release Date: 09/28/2004 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 58939   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousTraditional
Performer:  Benjamin BagbyEric MentzelAgnethe ChristensenNorbert Rodenkirchen
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What do you do when you want to perform 1000-year-old songs but have absolutely no idea what they sounded like, or even exactly how to interpret the information in the existing ancient manuscript sources? You muster all of your considerable musicological knowledge and early-music performing experience, gather together some of the most capable specialists in the field--and go for it. Some listeners will rightly question the purpose of a project to which no accurate measure of authenticity can be applied, while others will simply enjoy the sound of harp, lyre, and flute, along with the pure-voiced, dynamic, ardent singing of Benjamin Bagby, Agnethe Christensen, and Eric Mentzel in "re-creating" these songs from the Rhineland, Read more France, and Italy.


The program is divided into three sections--"Songs of the Harp", "The Image of Dawn", and "Desire and Seduction"--and in his excellent liner notes, Bagby effectively sets us up with a historical context for the music and a detailed description of each song's origin and meaning. Consequently, we can listen with an appreciation for the musical resources these committed performers are working with, and we can at least accept their interpretations (partially if not fully) as sincere and even credible. There's considerable variety from song to song in terms of vocal and instrumental combinations, however the melodic material is characterized by decidedly modal structures that lend a certain sameness to the tunes, alleviated only by the often complex rhythmic formulations. The sound is vibrant, clear, and immediate, with fine balances between voices and instruments. This recording by the world-class Sequentia ensemble for medieval music will appeal primarily to early-music aficionados, who will find enough familiar reference-points among these 16 songs to feel at home in a "long-lost world of an unknown Rhineland entertainer and his 11th-century audience."
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Felix qui potuit boni by Anonymous
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Voice), Eric Mentzel (Voice), Benjamin Bagby (Harp),
Benjamin Bagby (Lyre)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
2.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Caute cane, cantor care by Anonymous
Performer:  Agnethe Christensen (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
3.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Magnus cesar Otto by Anonymous
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Lyre), Benjamin Bagby (Harp), Benjamin Bagby (Voice),
Eric Mentzel (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
4.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Rota modos arte by Anonymous
Performer:  Agnethe Christensen (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
5.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: David reges inclinita proles by Anonymous
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Harp), Benjamin Bagby (Lyre), Benjamin Bagby (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
6.
Cigni by Anonymous
Performer:  Norbert Rodenkirchen (Lyre), Norbert Rodenkirchen (Flute)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
7.
Foebus abierat by Anonymous
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Harp), Agnethe Christensen (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
8.
Clangam, filii by Anonymous
Performer:  Eric Mentzel (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 9th Century; Aquitaine 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
9.
Phebi claro by Anonymous
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Lyre), Benjamin Bagby (Voice), Benjamin Bagby (Harp),
Eric Mentzel (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century; Provence 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
10.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Aurea personet lira by Anonymous
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Voice), Eric Mentzel (Voice), Benjamin Bagby (Harp),
Benjamin Bagby (Lyre)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
11.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Iam, dulcis amica, venito by Anonymous
Performer:  Agnethe Christensen (Voice), Eric Mentzel (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
12.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Advertite, omnes populi by Anonymous
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Harp), Agnethe Christensen (Voice), Benjamin Bagby (Lyre),
Benjamin Bagby (Voice), Eric Mentzel (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
13.
O admirabile veneris idolum by Traditional
Performer:  Agnethe Christensen (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
14.
Puella turbata by Anonymous
Performer:  Norbert Rodenkirchen (Flute), Benjamin Bagby (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2004 - 09/30/2004) 
15.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Suavissima nunna by Anonymous
Performer:  Eric Mentzel (Voice), Agnethe Christensen (Voice), Benjamin Bagby (Harp),
Benjamin Bagby (Voice), Benjamin Bagby (Lyre)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 
16.
Carmina Cantabrigiensia: Veni, dilectissime by Anonymous
Performer:  Agnethe Christensen (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century; Rhineland 
Venue:  Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Broadcast Hall, German Radio, Cologne (09/26/2002 - 09/30/2002) 

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