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Alfonso X: Cantigas de Santa Maria / Hana Blažíková & Barbora Kabátková, sopranos; Margit Übellacker, keyboard et al.

Album Summary

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 340, Virgen Madre groriosa (same as Cantiga de Fiestas de Santa María 412)
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 1, Des oge mais quer' eu trobar
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 76, Quenas sas figuras da Virgen partir
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 18, Por nos de dulta tirar
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 60, Entre Av' e Eva
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 320, Santa María leva
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 160, Quen boo dona querrá
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 105, Gran piadad' e mercee e nobreza
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 10, Rosa das rosas e Fror das frores
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 7, Santa María amar
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 383, O fondo do mar tan chæo faz come a terra dura
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 85, Pera toller gran perfia
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 281, U alguen a Jhesu Cristo por seus pecados negar
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 127, Non pod' ome pela Virgen tanta coita endurar
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 213, Quen serve Santa María, a Sennor mui verdadeira
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 380, Sen calar
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 295, Que por al non devess' om' a Santa María servir (same as Cantiga de Sant
>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 166, Como poden per sas culpas os omes seer contreitos
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Notes & Reviews:

The Cantigas de Santa Maria come from the imposing collection of the court of Alfonso X el Sabio, which offers us one of the most precious sources of mediaeval Spanish music. The Cantigas take us to the end of the Reconquista of the Iberian peninsula and to the very heart of the culture where Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions mingle. These songs are interesting not only for their absolutely unique musical language but also for their Portuguese and Galician texts in which are combined poetry, popular stories and hymns, most of them praising miracles of the Virgin Mary. Starting from illuminated manuscripts that give us an idea of the instruments used at the king's court, Hana Blakov and her partners perform these works like a dialogue between two women's voices, enriching it with two harps, a dulce melos and percussion. Whether using the whole consort or putting the instruments aside, this subtle interpretation has its source in plainchant and the music of the troubadours, with a touch of Arabizing ornaments and improvisation.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The project of assembling a collection of hundreds of songs in honor of the Virgin Mary was one of the greatest among many of the cultural achievements of Alfonso X, "El Sabio", King of Castile and Leon in the 13th Century. The collection is one of the supreme sources for medieval song in the vernacular (and the two manuscript sources are wonders of illustration). The Cantigas have understandably been given recorded attention for a long time, with results varying from the responsible to the contemptible. This release veers toward the former category.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the (05/11/2014-05/14/2014).



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Works Details

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 340, Virgen Madre groriosa (same as Cantiga de Fiestas de Santa María 412)
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Margit Übellacker (Psaltery)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 1, Des oge mais quer' eu trobar
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp); Martin Novak (Percussion); Margit Übellacker (Psaltery)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 76, Quenas sas figuras da Virgen partir
  • Performer: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 18, Por nos de dulta tirar
  • Performers: Barbora Kabatkova (Psaltery); Margit Übellacker (Psaltery)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 60, Entre Av' e Eva
  • Performer: Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 320, Santa María leva
  • Performer: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 160, Quen boo dona querrá
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp); Martin Novak (Percussion)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 105, Gran piadad' e mercee e nobreza
  • Performer: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 10, Rosa das rosas e Fror das frores
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 7, Santa María amar
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp); Martin Novak (Percussion); Margit Übellacker (Psaltery)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 383, O fondo do mar tan chæo faz come a terra dura
  • Performer: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 85, Pera toller gran perfia
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Martin Novak (Percussion); Margit Übellacker (Psaltery)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 281, U alguen a Jhesu Cristo por seus pecados negar
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 127, Non pod' ome pela Virgen tanta coita endurar
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Margit Übellacker (Psaltery)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 213, Quen serve Santa María, a Sennor mui verdadeira
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp); Martin Novak (Percussion)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 380, Sen calar
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp); Martin Novak (Percussion)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 295, Que por al non devess' om' a Santa María servir (same as Cantiga de Sant
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp); Martin Novak (Percussion)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 10, Rosa das rosas e Fror das frores
  • Performer: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century

>Sabio, Alfonso el : Cantiga de Santa María 166, Como poden per sas culpas os omes seer contreitos
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Barbora Kabatkova (Gothic Harp); Martin Novak (Percussion); Margit Übellacker (Psaltery)
  • Notes: Church of Our Lady beneath the Chain at the End of the Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (05/11/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 12th Century