Playing time: 66' 56"
Performers: The Renaissance Players [Winsome Evans (bamboo flute, whistle, recorder, treble and alto shawm, harp, sinfonye, portative organ, psaltery, divan baglama), Benedict Hames (recorder, gemshorn, rebec), Ingrid Walker (recorder), Katy Ward (vielles), Andrew Tredinnick (chitarra moresca, ud, mandora, gittern), Llew Kiek (gitern, divan baglama), Andrew Lambkin (tapan, darabukka, daireh, tabor), Barbara Stackpool (castanets, finger cymbals, tambourine, rattles), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo-soprano, tambourine), Mara Kiek (alto, tapan), Melissa Irwin (soprano), Mina Kanaridis (soprano), Tobias Cole (countertenor), Antony Walker (tenor), David May (poetry reader), Geoff Sirmai (poetry reader)] - Winsome Evans, dir.
Recording site and date:
St. Peters, Sydney, Australia [1992/3]
Other releases (identical, first and re-releases): This is the original CD release
Other releases by this group:
As of may 1997, Renaissance Players has recorded 7 CDs for Walsingham records, the others being:
Walsingham WAL 8004-2
Venus' Fire - Dance II
Walsingham WAL 8005-2
The Ring of Creation
Walsingham WAL 8006-2
Garland Dances - Dance IV
Walsingham WAL 8007-2
Songs for a Wise King - Cantigas de Santa Maria I
Walsingham WAL 8008-2
Maria Morning Star - Cantigas de Santa Maria II
Walsingham WAL 8035-2
Mirror of Light - Cantigas de Santa Maria III
And a series beginning on another label:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.):18/2-464 (november/december 1994)
Information from owned CD. Items identified with Codex Snaviensis are from a compilation of newly composed melodies, mediaeval in style and structure. The program is based on the whole idea that performing secular music of the 12th and 13th century is a memory-based matter. The memory acts as a "light switch"to open up a larger whole. Creation in a memory based environment. The basic theme is dance with a loose definition embellished with "minstrellish little notes". The result is pleasing, the authenticity, certainly opened to discussion. One artist, Mara Kiek is closely associated also with Stevie Wishart's Sinfonye Ensemble.
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