Distant Mirror with Allan Kelly

Fridays at 10 pm

An hour of music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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All  the horrors of the 14th century are captured by the greatest poet/composer of the time,  Guillaume  Machaut in his compilation The Judgment of the King of Navarre. Hear several ballades from this major work performed by the Ensemble Gilles Binchiois  directed by Dominique Vallaard.  Also on the program, soprano Emily van Evera performs a William  Byrd setting to a text by Sir Philip Sydney, "O Lord, how vain are all our frail delights", two motets by Palestrina as well as music for a medieval banquet with the Newberry Consort. Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

It's the music of 15th century Flemish composer Alexander Agricola on this week's Distant Mirror.  Agricola's music is rarely performed today because of its difficulty and eccentricity, but Paul van Nevel has long been a champion of  lost causes and has arranged mass movements of Agricola's into a musical quilt which he calls the Missa Guzzzabuglio (which translates as "mishmash" mass).  Van Nevel directs the Huelgas Ensemble.

Music of the Hundred Years' War on this week's Distant Mirror, that on-again, off-again struggle between England and France in the 14th and 15th centuries that was set against a backdrop of plague, peasant revolts and papal politics.  Gothic Voices performs sacred and secular  music from both sides.   Pieces by John Dunstable, Phillipe de Vitry, Pierre des Molins and others.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Jordi Savall and friends  visit Distant Mirror Friday with music of 17th century French composer Marin Marais.  Hear his Suite in E Minor which was written in homage to his musical inspiration, Saint-Colombe. Also on the program: several songs by Johannes Ockeghem with the Orlando Consort.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Legendary countertenor Russell Oberlin performs the 12th century St. Godric Songs, the earliest  English sacred music  that we  know of.  He is accompanied on viol by Seymour Barab.  And there are 14th century English sacred and secular pieces performed by the Hilliard Ensemble. That's followed by what may be the most famous choral work of the 16th century, Spem in Alium of Thomas Tallis performed, of course, by the Tallis Scholars.  Join   Allan Kelly Friday Night at 10.

The Westminster  Cathedral Choir directed by David Hill performs music of the greatest composer of the Spanish Renaissance , Tomas Luis de Victoria, who many call the Spanish Palestrina.  Hear his Missa O Quam Gloriosum, one of his most famous parody masses and based on the joyful motet of the same name from 1572.  The program concludes with more love songs of Italian Trecento composer Francesco Landini performed by Anonymous 4.  Join Allan Kelly for Distant Mirror Friday night at 10.

Anonymous 4 refers to 14th century Florentine composer Francesco Landini as the "Italian master of subtle refinement" and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear them perform several of his love songs from their cd The Second Circle.  Landini was also a singer, poet, organist and maker of instruments. His secular music was loved all over Europe and influenced many later composers.  Also on the program: Julian Bream performs several Elizabethan and Jacobean lute pieces.

Distant Mirror: Aug. 11 - Machaut's Notre Dame Mass

Aug 11, 2017

It's an all Machaut program on this week's Distant Mirror, beginning with his Notre Dame Mass, the first complete ordinary of the mass by a single composer.  Jeremy Summerly conducts the Oxford Camerata in a performance considered by many to be definitive since it was recorded at Rheims Cathedral where the mass was first performed, directed by Machaut, in 1362.  Then you'll hear several of Machaut's secular songs performed by Gothic Voices under the direction of Christopher Page.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

The Tournai Mass (late 13th-mid 14th centuries)  is the first complete mass that we know of, that is, the first mass with a fixed ordinary. although each movement was composed by a different anonymous scribe. A performance by the Trio Mediaeval. There are also several ricercari and salterelli  by Giovanni Maria da Crema  (mid 16th century) from his 1546 book of lute pieces, featuring lutenist Christopher Wilson. And we'll conclude with music written by Henry VIII of England, the suite "Rose without a Thorn" which he wrote while wooing Anne Boleyn.

Dances, fantasias and popular tunes for Queen Elizabeth I's Violin Band on Friday's Distant Mirror: Anonymous 16th century music performed by the Parley of Instruments Renaissance Violin Band conducted by Peter Holman.  Also on the program, rare 15th Century church music featuring pieces by Walter Lamb and John Dunstable, and more of those pavans, galliards and almans of Anthony Holborne from his collection of 1599 with Hesperion XXI directed by Jordi Savall.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

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