CONTINUUM: The Llibre Vermell

Continuum presents a recording of The Llibre Vermell, "The Red Book", the name given to the 14th century manuscript found in the library of the monastery of Montserrat in Spain. This manuscript is bound in red velvet and contains ten pilgrim songs and dances that probably would have been known by the pilgrims traveling to that monastery in the Middle Ages. The manuscript was prepared approximately in 1399. It originally contained 172 double pages, of which 32 have been lost. No composer is identified for any of the ten songs it contains. The monastery holds the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat, which was a major site of pilgrimage during the time it was completed. Performers are the New London Consort and the New York Ensemble for Early Music.