Poland, 15th century

Musique à la Chapelle des Jagellons
Ensemble Ars Nova de Varsovie - Jacek Urbaniak
Accord 201032

Contents:

    Nicolaus de Radom (fl.c.1420)
  1. Alleluia
  2. Magnificat
  3. Hystorigraphi Aciem (fragment)
  4. Gloria
  5. Credo
  6. Ballada (instrumental)

  7. Manuscript Jean de Jasienna, XVe siècle
  8. Miretur Omnis Nacio
  9. Deus in Adiutorium
  10. Regina Celi Letare
  11. Altitonanti Cantica
  12. Celebris Dies Colitur
  13. Da Domine Colere
  14. Generari Voluit
  15. Ave Virgo Sanctissima
  16. Fanfara

  17. Anonymous Polish 15th century
  18. Chwala Tobie Gospodzinie
  19. Angelus Ad Virginem Missus
  20. Badz Wiesiola Panno Czysta
  21. Salve Sancta Parens
  22. Breve Regnum

Performers: Mariusz Gebel (countertenor), Piotr Kusiewicz (tenor), Cezary Szyfman (baritone), Marcin Zalewski (lute), Agata Sapieha (vielle, rebec), Tadeusz Czechak (lute, psaltery, mandolin, crumhorn, percussion), Michal Straszewski (vielle, cornet), Leslaw Szyszko (recorders, crumhorns, shawm), Czeslaw Palkowski (recorder), Robert Krajewski (trombone), Piotr Wawreniuk (trombone), Jacek Urbaniak (recorder, mandolin, bombard, harp)

Playing time: 53'

Recording date: July 1989

The early 15th century gives the first surviving musical sources from Poland. Nicolaus de Radom was a royal musician in Cracow, and easily the most important composer in Poland at the time, showing influences of both Ciconia & Dufay in his music. Track #6, his one secular work among nine preserved compositions, survives without a text.

The Manuscript Jean de Jasienna (named after its owner) dates from the same period, and is apparently a collection of student exercizes done at Cracow University. As such, it is not very sophisticated, but gives an idea of the style of the period. The final section of this recording illustrates some of the earliest surviving polyphonic songs in the Polish language, plus some student songs in Latin.

Other recordings devoted to early Polish music by this & related ensembles:

Polish Passion Songs
Collegium Vocale Bydgoszcz / Ars Nova - Jacek Urbaniak
Dux 0469
Mikolaj of Radom: Complete Music
Ars Nova - Jacek Urbaniak
Dux 0229
Bogurodzica
Polish Medieval Music
Ars Nova - Jacek Urbaniak
Dux 0316
Bal Renesonsowy
Orkiestra Ziotego Wieku - Jacek Urbaniak
Dux 0193
Melodies for the Polish Psalter - Ars Nova Psalms
Il Canto - Jacek Urbaniak
Dux 0244

Some related recordings:

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Polish Early Masses
Il Canto
CD Accord 018
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Todd M. McComb