Two Mss. from Benedictine convent at Lüne
Ensemble Devotio Moderna, Hannover
Ulrike Volkhardt, cond.
Playing time: 47' 32"
Recording site and date:
Unknown [2008 or prior];
Rel.: 2008 or prior
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 33/1-321 (Sep./Oct. 2009)
Information from Fanfare and Cantate website.
This is the first of six CDs devoted to Lutheran Convents of the Lüneburg Heath area, in northern Germany; the following description is an excerpt from the Cantate web site:
On the Lüneburg Heath there are six women's convent which
are still alive as Protestant convents (after the reformation) until
today. In their archives respectively, in libraries abroad, there
are lots of music manuscripts of the middle ages almost unknown
today which are -- in their singularity -- of enormous importance
not only for music history but the history of convents in northern
Germany in general.
The Hanoverian musician Prof. Ulrike Volkhardt and the music historian Dr. Ulrike Hascher-Burger undertook a first sighting of the musical material in all convents on the Lüneburg Heath. On the basis of scientific recognition they put the medieval music into the context of the « devotio moderna », transcribed and orchestrated the pieces.
Well based in science, current practice and knowledge in mediation of both aspects work here together fruitfully. So for the recordings medieval musical instruments were reconstructed and learned. Selected muscial examples are now, interpreted by the Ensemble devotio moderna, and for the first time made accessible to the public on the label Cantate. Every CD of this series has it's own theme. Besides music devoted to the daily life of the convent, a liturgical high feast is its special focus. The series is accompanied by detailed, illustrated booklets with information on all aspects of this singular musical culture.
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