Distant Mirror with Allan Kelly

Fridays at 10 pm

An hour of music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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The Capella Cordina under the direction of Alejandro Planchart was one of the most exceptional and prodigious early music vocal ensembles of the 1970's.  On Friday night's Distant Mirror hear them perform a beautiful mass by the 16th century Spanish master Cristobal de Morales, his  Mass for the Armed Man. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Leonin and Perotin were masters of music at Notre Dame cathedral Paris around the year 1200, just after the great edifice was built, and they were the first composers that we know about who employed polyphony.  On Friday's Distant Mirror hear their Viderunt Omnes and Sederunt Principes performed by the Early Music Conssort of London and the Hilliard Ensemble. There's also some secular music for good measure as the Newberry Consort performs music for a medieval banquet.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Norwegian soprano saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble on Friday's Distant Mirror with selections from that award winning 1994 CD  Officium, including two 14th century Czech pieces and a selection by Cristobal de Morales.  Then we pay tribute to the ground breaking early music ensemble Musica Reservata with selections from medieval France and Italy. And there are two pieces by  Saint Colombe for two bass viols performed by Les Voix Humaines.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Soprano Emma  Kirkby  joins Gothic Voices on Friday night's Distant Mirror with three selections of 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen from the cd A Feather on the Breath of God. Then Ms. Kirkby is  joined by lutenist Anthony Rooley for selections of John Dowland from  his last sone cycle A Pilgrim's Solace.  Join Allan Kelly at 10.

For most of the 14th century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France. The Avignonese  popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music, where the liturgy for the mass and divine offices were influenced to a great extent by the practices of the ars nova.  On Friday's Distant Mirror the Ensemble Venance Fortunat and La Schola of the university of Tours perform music from the popes' palace at Avignonese from the CD Altera Roma.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

Nearly all early music enthusiasts are familiar with the Cantigas of Santa Maria of Alfonso the Wise, those delightful 13th century pieces describing the miraculous intervention of the Virgin in healing all kinds of human ailments and misfortunes.  But did you know that a collection of secular music may also have existed at Alfono's court?  The Dufay Collective have done exhaustive research on the instruments of the day and the secular styles then in vogue andhave put together a program of secular music that very well may have existed at the court.  Hear some of these pieces on Fri

Distant Mirror: Feb. 23

Feb 23, 2018

Gautier de Coincy was a late 12th, early 13th century French cleric who translated into French many of the Latin miracle poems praising the Virgin and then set them to medieval popular songs in the courtly love tradition of the Trouveres, and on Friday's Distant Mirror hear several of these as Andrew Lawrence-King and the Harp Consort perform from their cd Miracles of Notre Dame. Join Allan Kelly at 10 pm.

On Friday's Distant Mirror hear fantasias, pavans and galliards by 16th century Spanish Renaissance composer Luis Milan from his compilation El Maestro, which serves as an example of the music current at a humanistic Renaissance court.  Viola da gambist Jordi Savall performs along with harpist Andrew Lawrence-King.  That's Distant Mirror Friday night at 10. 

On Friday's Distant Mirror hear Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass, the work credited with saving polyphonic church music.

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