Ciconia: Secular songs & Motets

Ciconia: Motets, Virelais, Ballate, Madrigals
Alla Francesca & Alta
Opus 111 30-101


  1. Ballata: Merçé o morte (3 voices)
  2. Madrigal: Una panthera (recorder, vielle, harp)
  3. Ballata: Gli atti col dançar (shawm, bombarde, slide trumpet)
  4. Motet: O Padua, sidus preclarum (3 voices)
  5. Ballata: Ben che da vui (recorder)
  6. Virelai: Sus une fontayne (voice, 2 recorders)
  7. Madrigal: Caçando un giorno (2 bagpipess, shawm, rebec, percussion)
  8. Canon: Quod jactatur (harp, vielle, recorder)
  9. Ballata: Poy che morir (voice, vielle, harp)
  10. Motet: Venecie, mundi splendor (shawm, bombarde, slide trumpet)
  11. Ballata: O rosa bella (2 vielles, harp)
  12. Ballata: Chi vole amar (bagpipes, shawm, percussion)
  13. Motet: O felix templum jubila (2 recorders, 2 vielles)
  14. Ballata: Chi nel servir antico (voice, harp, vielle, recorder)
  15. Ballata: Deduto sey (shawm, bombarde, slide trumpet)
  16. Virelai: Aler m'en veus (2 voices)
  17. Motet: O virum omnimoda (2 recorders, 2 vielles)
  18. Gloria (3 voices)
  19. Motet: Regina gloriosa (shawm, bombarde, slide trumpet)

Performers: Catherine Joussellin (voice, fiddle, percussion), Brigitte Lesne (voice, harp, percussion), Emmanuel Bonnardot (voice, fiddle, rebec), Pierre Hamon (recorders, flutes, bagpipes, percussion), Raphaël Boulay (voice), Michèle Vandenbroucque (shawms), Pierre Boragno (bombard, bagpipe, flutes), Gilles Rapin (slide trumpet, percussion)

Playing time: 71'

Recording date: October 1993

This disc presents selections from every genre in which Ciconia composed. The variety of sonority is particularly impressive.

Reviewed in:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 18/5- (May/June 1995)

Other recent Ciconia recordings:

Sidus Preclarum
Ciconia: Complete Motets
Mala Punica - Pedro Memelsdorff
Erato 3984-21661
Hommage to Ciconia
Ensemble Project Ars Nova
New Albion 048
Johannes Ciconia & his time
Little Consort
Channel Classics 0290

Two complete sets:

Ciconia: Opera Omnia
La Morra / Diabolus in Musica
Ricercar 316 [CDx2]
Ciconia: Oeuvre intégrale
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Pavane 7345/7 (3 CDs)

A recording devoted to one of Ciconia's most distinguished contemporaries:

Cantore dell'antipapa, XV secolo
Sine Nomine
Quadrivium 027

Finally, a recording by the present ensemble which highlights some of the same continuity through the years around 1400 which Ciconia embodies:

Beauté parfaite
L'Automne du Moyen Age - Chansons des XIVe et XVe siècles
Alla Francesca
Opus 111 30-173

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Todd M. McComb