The instrumental consort music of English 17th century composer Anthony Holborne will be featured this week on Continuum.
You'll hear many of his dances, including pavans, galliards and almaynes with interesting titles including "The Honeysuckle" and "The Fairie Round." The outstanding performances will be given by The King's Noyse under the director of David Douglas.
Recording used is: My Selfe - The Music of Anthony Holborne (The King's Noyse) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907238.
This week on Continuum you'll hear medieval music related to the 12th century Celtic legend of Tristan and Isolde. It is this legend that inspired Richard Wagner to write his monumental music drama.
This is a recording of a production of this legend given by The Boston Camerata. Selections will include related music of the troubadours and trouveres and the medieval Carmina Burana. Recordings used are Tristan & Iseult (The Boston Camerata) - Erato ECD 75528 and A L'Estampida (The Dufay Collective) - Continuum CCD 1042.
With Spring now officially with us Continuum celebrates the new season with a special program of early English Music featuring a live performance by The Folger Consort of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.
You'll hear "It Was a Lover and His Lass", "Daphne" and many other appropriate to the coming of Spring. Recordings used are: When Birds Do Sing (The Folger Consort) - Bard BDCD 1-9207 and William Byrd - Virginals & Consorts (Capriccio Stravagante) - Auvidis E 8611.
A collection of dances from the Middle Ages will be heard on this week's Continuum. Featured will be dances from 13th Century England, 14th Century France, as well as Renaissance lute dances from Italy performed by Early Instrument Ensemble Loinhdana and lutenist Ronn McFarlane.
Recordings used are: Estampies et Danses Royales du Moyen Age (Loinhdana) - Pierre Verany PV.790043 and Between Twos Hearts (Ronn McFarlane, lute) - Dorian DOR-90225.
The Llibre Vermell, "The Red Book", is the name given to the 14th century manuscript found in the library of the monastery of Monserrat 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.
Altramar, in the Occitan language of the troubadours, was the name given to the Near Eastern land that lay "over the sea," the lands where Crusade and trade resulted in the rich cultural interchange of East and West.
"Ensemble Für Frühe Musik Augsburg", the great early music ensemble from Augsburg, Germany is featured on this week's Continuum.
This is Part I of a series of programs devoted to the ensembles many CD recordings. Recordings used will be: "Camino de Santiago" - Christophorus CHR 74530, "Melancolia: Tears of the Soul" - Christophorus CHR 77225, and "Neidhart von Reuental" - Christophorus CD 77108.
This week on Continuum you'll hear dance music of the Renaissance by three major composers of the 17th century: Thoinot Arbeau of France, and William Byrd and John Playford of England.
Among the dances heard will be branles, basse dances and pavans. Recordings used are; "Danses Populairies Francaises", performed by The Broadside Band - Harmonia Mundi HMA 1951152, and "William Byrd - Virginals & Consorts", performed by Capriccio Stravagante under the direction of New Orleanian Skip Sempe - Auvidis E 8611.
Excerpts from the medieval musical, "The Play of Robin and Marion", will be featured on this week's Continuum. Composed by the 13th century trouvère Adam de la Halle, this pastoral work is considered by some to be one of the first operas written.
The recording is an historic live performance given in 1984 by musicians of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the famous early music school in Basel, Switzerland. CD is "Le Jeu de Robin et Marion", Focus 913.