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Temple of Chastity: 13th Century Spanish music from Codex Las Huelgas - Vol.1

Temple of Chastity: 13th Century Spanish music from Codex Las Huelgas - Vol.1
ID: SIGCD043
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Spanish Songs

Mille Fleurs’ debut recording for Signum Records is devoted to one of the treasured manuscripts of early music, the Codex Las Huelgas.

This impressively large manuscript contains 170 parchment folios of works from the 13th and early 14th centuries. It was discovered by two monks early in the last century in the royal convent of Las Huelgas outside Burgos, Spain. It is unusual in several ways, encompassing a wide range of musical forms and styles, and being highly organised according to genre, liturgical function and number of voices.

The codex reflects the devotional practices of a medieval Cistercian monastery, but it wasn't designed as a luxury object, rather, a pragmatic tool to be used as a source of reference or perhaps even for actual performance. This is an especially intriguing manuscript for music historians, performers and listeners alike.

The pieces contained in the Las Huelgas manuscript reflect a wide range of Latin-texted music between 1200 and the first half of the 14th century. French influence is strong, illustrating the repertory as both international and local, imported, and adapted in a continual process of absorption and reinvention.

Mille Fleurs bring a wealth of experience and research to these performances. Some pieces are performed as written; in others the notation provides a starting-point for musical elaboration. These charismatic singers do not believe female early music vocalists should sound like modern choirboys, but instead celebrate their different vocal timbres with each voice’s natural personality shining through.

Just as the manuscript is pragmatic and adaptable as regards the notation of its musical repertory, so the performance approaches adopted and realised on this recording offer variety and flexibility, always respecting the nature of the piece.

One thing is clear: throughout the Middle Ages the walls of the monastery of Las Huelgas resounded to the most highly refined and eloquently beautiful musical settings then in circulation in northern Spain.
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Rossini Mezzo - Scenes and Arias - Silvia Tro Santafé - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

Rossini Mezzo - Scenes and Arias - Silvia Tro Santafé - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
ID: SIGCD170
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Voices and Orchestra

If it were not for the operas of Gioachino Rossini, the operatic repetory of the mezzo soprano would lack some of its most interesting characters and music. Silvia Tro Santafé proves herself a true ‘Rossini Mezzo’ in this collection of scenes and arias, accompanied by the excellent Orquesta Sinfónica de Narvarra and Lluís Vich Vocalis.
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A Songbook for Isabella: Music from the circle of Isabelle d'Este

A Songbook for Isabella: Music from the circle of Isabelle d'Este
ID: SIGCD039
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal Collection

Signum Records is delighted to announce the release of A Songbook for Isabella.

Isabella d’Este was brought up in the midst of an extremely active musical court. After her marriage in 1490 to Francesco Gonzaga Duke of Mantua she began to remodel the Duke's relatively modest musical establishment in imitation of that of her father, Hercule. She was herself a gifted musician and favoured above all the viol. Not only was the viol the favourite vehicle for aristocratic instrumental performance, but it was the ideal accompaniment to the voice.

Under Isabella’s patronage the tradition of improvised song accompanied by the singer on a lira da braccio developed into the frottola, shared between two, three or even four viols. In employing Italian composers, and herself performing their music, Isabella played a key role in the development of this new music, and of the consort of viole which developed alongside it.

This disc presents a selection of music from the circle of Isabella. The repertoire is centred around the Milliare Songbook - a hand written songbook compiled in 1502 by, or for, one Ludovico Milliare. This contains a wonderfully rich cross section of the vocal and instrumental repertoire loved by the d’Este family of Mantua. An attractive feature of the collection is the inclusion of sacred pieces, mostly non-liturgical and apparently intended for private devotional use.

The instruments used for this recording have been thoroughly researched by examining documented and iconographic evidence - for example contemporary paintings of the period. The custom-made viols are cannot be called "copies"; they are recreations using the best information and scholarship available. This CD offers a rare opportunity to hear the very different sound these instruments make - rather different from their more modern counterparts from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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The King's Singers - 1605 Treason and Dischord - Music for the Gunpowder plot

The King's Singers - 1605 Treason and Dischord - Music for the Gunpowder plot
ID: SIGCD061
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Choir

Signum Classics are proud to release the fourth disc from The King's Singers on Signum Classics - 1605: Treason and Dischord. On 5 November 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught preparing to detonate 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords unveiling an act of attempted treason that shocked the whole of Europe. What led a group of young Catholic men to risk their lives for their faith? 400 years later the King’s Singers and Concordia illuminate the dangers of hearing Mass in secret, of conspiracy and downfall, and of protestant relief and celebration, through a project of music and prose. The music, structured around Byrd’s perfect 4-part Mass, contains motets by Catholic composers, balanced with protestant anthems celebrating the downfall of the plot, and a commission from the British composer, Francis Pott. Master Tresham: His Ducke reflects on the ‘9/11’ of its day - 5/11/1605. The script, drawing on historic texts and written by Deborah Mackay for the quatercentenary concert series related to this CD, uses the dramatized persona of William Byrd, the most famous composer of his age, to recreate the atmosphere of change and hope in the Jacobean court.
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The King's Singers - Simple Gifts

The King's Singers  - Simple Gifts
ID: SIGCD121
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Choir

After a gap of 10 years, The King's Singers have once again made a full a cappella studio album featuring sixteen stunning arrangements of pop ballads, spirituals and folksongs.

Each track on this album has earned its place because of its great melody and, coupled with the impeccable style for which the group are justly famous, this album will delight its huge worldwide fan base.

The King's Singers' incredible blend and tuning ensures that this is the classiest recording of its genre for a long time.
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SONGS OF INNCENCE - Andrew Swait, treble - James Bowman, counter tenor - Andrew Plant, piano

SONGS OF INNCENCE  - Andrew Swait, treble - James Bowman, counter tenor - Andrew Plant, piano
ID: SIGCD128
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal and Piano

The initial impetus for Songs of Innocence came from Andrew Swait who was extremely keen to investigate repertoire rarely sung by a treble; indeed, several of the songs featured are world premiere recordings.

After rehearsals with Andrew Plant in the summer of 2007, Andrew Swait’s immense enthusiasm for Britten’s unpublished student works was soon evident and is as evident in this fresh recording a year on. A wonderful collaboration of English and American 20th century song.

A chorister of Cheltenham College and former chorister of the Abbey School Tewkesbury, Andrew Swait (b.1994) has already enjoyed an extremely successful solo career, performing as principal soloist on Light of the World (SIGCD068) in 2005 and appearing as a soloist with choirs around Britain and Europe.
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H. KNAPPERTSBUSCH CONDUCTS - Beethoven, Wagner- A. Foldes, piano / C. Ludwig, mezzo-soprano

H. KNAPPERTSBUSCH CONDUCTS - Beethoven, Wagner- A. Foldes, piano / C. Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
ID: GM4.0070
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal and Piano

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E. SCHWARZKOPF IN CONCERT - VERDI- MESSA DA REQUIEM - Paris 1953 - Igor Markevitch

E. SCHWARZKOPF IN CONCERT - VERDI- MESSA DA REQUIEM -  Paris 1953 - Igor Markevitch
ID: GM4.0072
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Voices and Orchestra

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Nicholas Maw - Life Studies / Richard Rodney Bennett -Spells

Nicholas Maw - Life Studies / Richard Rodney Bennett -Spells
ID: NMCD085
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Choir

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Gustav Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Damrau, Diana & Paley, Ivan

Gustav Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Damrau, Diana & Paley, Ivan
ID: TLS1001
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Vocal and Piano

Verlorne Müh'! (Kinder Und Jugend) - Um Schlimme Kinder Artig Zu Machen - Starke Einbildungskraft - Selbstgefühl - Das Himmlische Leben - Lied Des Verfolgten Im Turm (Abschied Und Trennung) - Nicht Wiedersehen! - Scheiden Und Meiden - Zu Strassburg Auf Der Schanz - Trost Im Unglück - Aus! Aus! - Ablösung Im Sommer (Aus Der Natur) - Des Antonius Von Padua Fischpredigt - Rheinlegendchen - Ich Ging Mit Lust - Lob Des Hohen Verstands - Wer Hat Das Liedlein Erdacht? - Revelge - Wo Die Schönen Trompeten Blasen - Der Schildwache Nachtlied - Der Tambourg'sell - Das Irdische Leben - Es Sungen Drei Engel - Urlicht
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