Latin songs

Nova Cantica: Latin Songs of the High Middle Ages
Dominique Vellard and Emmanuel Bonnardot
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77196

This continues to be the finest collection of 12th-century two-voice writing available, as well as a valuable source for monophonic songs in the new style which accompanied it. Several of these items are distinctly interesting on their own terms.

The performance is superb, among the most articulate and persuasive recordings of medieval music ever made. (I used it, repeatedly, with elementary school children for years. It always made a musical impression versus what they knew.) Intonation is excellent, and pacing and phrase structure are admirable. It continues to be a revelation, even if there is less variety here than in some programs.

To medieval secular list

Todd M. McComb
Updated: 9 July 2018