Swiss Medieval sacred music

Codex Engelberg 314
Music of the Late Middle Ages
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Dominique Vellard / Wulf Arlt
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (BMG) 77 185-2 RC
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (BMG) "Baroque Esprit" 05472 77 431 2

Contents:

  1. Motet: Inter natos mulierum / O Johannes doce nos
  2. Lied: Hertz vnd sinne muege dich
  3. Alleluia, V. O Maria rubens rosa
  4. Conductus: Unicornis captivatur
  5. Lied: Vroet ùch alle geloubigù lùte mit Schalle
  6. Lesson: Ad decus ecclesie / Lecto libri apocalipsis
  7. Conductus: O Maria rubens rosa mater
  8. Kyrie fons bonitatis
  9. Rondellus: Veni sancte spritus illustra cecam mentem
  10. Motet: Salve pater nominum / Exaudi nos
  11. Benedicamus: Procedentem sponsum de thalamo
  12. Motet: Illibata virgo casta / Egregia sponsa Cristi Maria
  13. Alleluia, V. Inclite dux Benedicte - Benedicte merita
  14. Lesson: Dominus vobiscum / Sequentia sancti ewangelii secundum Lucam / In illo tempore / Ingressus Ihesus
  15. Troped Antiphon: Media vita in morte / Ach homo perpende fragilis
  16. Troped Antiphon: Alma redemptoris mater / Marie virginis fecundat viscera
  17. Chant: Lobt all zungen des eren riches gottes
  18. Benedicamus: Congaudeat turba fidelium

Performers: Dominique Vellard, Emmanuel Bonnardot, Gerd Türk, Ulrich Pfeifer, Georg Senn, Willem de Waal (voices)

Playing time: 60'

Recording date: March 1986

The manuscript from which these pieces are taken is from a Swiss monastery at Engelberg. The manuscript was mostly compiled c.1372, and then completed c.1400. Although it dates from relatively late in the medieval era, it is still primarily Ars Antiqua in style.

A couple of recordings by a related ensemble, featuring similar manuscripts:

Le Manuscript du Puy
L'Office du Nouvel An: Cathédrale du Puy-en-Velay, XIIe - XVIe siècles
Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard
Virgin Veritas 59238
L'Arbre de Jessé
Gregorian chant and medieval polyphony
Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard
Glossa 32302

A classic recording of a Germanic manuscript from the same era:

The Moosburg gradual of 1360
Capella Antiqua München - Konrad Ruhland
Sony Seon 63178

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Todd M. McComb