Distant Mirror with Allan Kelly

Fridays at 10 pm

An hour of music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI visit Distant Mirror this week with Elizabethan Consort music from their CD The Teares of the Muses, pavans, galliards and almans of Anthony Holborne from his collection of 1599, which was the first printed collection of dance music to appear in England.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

On this week's Distant Mirror hear dance music of the 16th century from the publications of Pierre Phalese, Tielman Susato, Pierre Attaignant and Claude Gervaise performed by the Clemencic Consort.   And the completion of the Mass cycle of William Byrd with his Mass for 5 Voices.  The Tallis scholars perform directed by Peter Phillips.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at  10.

Both sacred and secular music of William Byrd on this week's Distant Mirror: The Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of David Hill perform Byrd's Mass for 3 Voices while Capriccio Stravagante is heard in two secular pieces-- The Leaves Be Green and a praeludium and ground. The program concludes with two ballades and a rondeaux of Guillaume Machaut from his most famous secular piece, the musical poem Le Voir Dit with Jeremy Summerley directing the Oxford Camerata.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Distant Mirror: June 30 - 13th Century Cantigas

Jun 30, 2017

The Martin Best Ensemble visits Distant Mirror this week with several of the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the 13th century  court of Alfonso  X, the Wise, king of Castile and Leone, songs in honor of the Virgin in the tradition of the Provencal troubadours.  Also hear the Mass for 4 Voices of Elizabethan-Jacobean composer William Byrd with the Tallis Scholars.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

It's the music  of 13th century French trouveres  Adam de la Halle this week on Distant Mirror. Adam was in the service of Robert of Anjou, brother of Louis IX. He wrote chansons, motets and rondos and you can hear several of these as the Dufay Collective peroform from their CD On the Banks of the Seine.  There are also two selections by John Dowland, three songs by 15th century  English composer Robert Morton, and church music by Tudor composer Christopher Tye. Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

The Ensemble Clement Janequin visits Distant Mirror with the top tunes of the 1550's from their collection called  Fricassee Parisienne: Popular Chansons from the French Renaissance.  Hear selections by Sandrin, Sermisy, Crecquillon and others. Then, one of the more  popular suites of dances from the late Renaissance, the Terpsichore Dances  of Michael Praetorius performed by the Early Music Consort of London under David Munrow. We conclude with the Magnificat of English Tudor composer Christopher Tye. The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford performs.

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. Hear a performance of Spanish composer  Cristobal de Morales' beautiful 16th century  Missa "L'homme arme"  on this week's Distant Mirror, Friday night (6/9) at 10.

Leonin and Perotin were, successively, 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 of who employed polyphony, Leonin for two voices and Perotin for four, and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear their Viderunt Omnes and Sederunt Principes performed by the Early Music Consort of London and the Hilliard Ensemble.  There's also some secular music  on the program as the Newberry Consort perform selections from their CD Il Solazzo.

Norwegian soprano saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble for works that include two 14th Century Czech pieces and a selection by Christobal de Morales on this week's Distant Mirror.

Soprano Emma Kirkby joins Gothic Voices with three selections by 12th Century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen as well as three selections from John Dowland's last song cycle, A Pilgrim's Solace, accompanied by lutenist Anthony Rooley.  There's also consort music by Orlando Gibbons and a Dufay sacred piece for voice and sax(!).  Join Allan Kelly on Friday's Distant Mirror.

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