Playing time: 62' 18"
Performers: The Renaissance Players [Winsome Evans (folk whistle, treble and alto shawm, sinfonye, portative organ, harp, psaltery, tambour à cordes), Ingrid Walker (recorder), Benedict Hames (rebec), Katy Ward (vielle), Andrew Tredinnick (ud, mandora, gittern), Llew Kiek (gittern, divan baglama), Andrew Lambkin (tapan, darabukka, daireh, tabor), Barbara Stackpool (castanets, tambourine, rattles), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo-soprano), Mara Kiek (alto, tapan), Mina Kanaridis (soprano), Tobias Cole (countertenor), 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; a complete list can be found at Walsingham WAL 8003-2 The Muses' Gift
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 and dance rearrangements of pre-existent medieval melodic fragments. 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.
"Venus' Fire" is the second of six CDs recorded in 1992 as part of the 25th anniversary (Silver Jubilee) of the Renaissance players.
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