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Medieval Italian Dances Vol 2 / Felicetti, Anima Mundi

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Italian : Belicha, for consort
>Anonymous, Italian : Tre fontane
>Anonymous, Italian : Danca Amorosa / Troto (14th cent.)
>Anonymous, Italian : Saltarello no 1 (GB-LBl Add.29987)
>Anonymous, Italian : Principio di virtu, istanpitta
>Anonymous, Italian : Work(s)
>Anonymous, Italian : Chanconeta Tedescha no 1, estampie
>Anonymous, Italian : Chanconeta Tedescha no 3
>Anonymous, Italian : Lamento di Tristano, estampie
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The project to record all surviving Italian medieval instrumental dances continues with this second volume, almost entirely dedicated to the fascinating legacy contained in a famous codex preserved in the British Library and catalogued as Additional 29987. The starting point of the present interpretation was a careful listening to the complex melodies of these pieces, as well as a faithful reading of the music as it appears notated in the codex. "Anima Mundi, an Italian instrumental consort, has delved deep into one of the earliest manuscripts containing medieval dance music, dating from the end of the 14th century (London, BM Ms.Add.29987). By their dazzling performance they have brought to life a splendid choice of pieces, all but one from that famous collection of melodies with its predilection for the perfect fifth and its rhythmic elation. Several types of dance are represented, predominantly the sedate estampite, with five outstanding examples. Three chanconeta figure, one with bells and parallel fourths, and also two lively saltarello. From a Florentine source, Dance amorosa e suo troto opens with a slow, somewhat drowsy melody, which leads to a vigorous hop, skip, and jump. Last, there is the well known Lamento di Tristano e sua rotta, with its stately prelude followed by a contrastingly frenzied finale. What is remarkable about this recording is the imaginative taste and variety of the interpretation. The source itself is an invitation to the performers to show off their improvisational skills, and the musicians answer this to the fullness of their virtuosity. The number of different instruments used is astonishing: about 30, including wind, strings (plucked or bowed), percussion above all, and every dance has its own specially chosen combination from among them. Many have names and timbres that will sound unusual to the average listener - names such as tar, daff, bender, daval, riqq. So drums, bells, and jingles blend or contrast with the later, more usual sonorities of flutes, viols, and a portative organ. Exhilarating!" -Gramophone



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>Anonymous, Italian : Belicha, for consort
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Tre fontane
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Italian : Dança Amorosa / Troto (14th cent.)
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Written: 13th Century

>Anonymous, Italian : Saltarello no 1 (GB-LBl Add.29987)
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1340-1400

>Anonymous, Italian : Principio di virtú, istanpitta
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Written: 13th Century

>Anonymous, Italian : Saltarello no 1 (GB-LBl Add.29987)
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1340-1400

>Anonymous, Italian : Work(s) :: Parlamento
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Chançoneta Tedescha no 1, estampie
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1340-1400

>Anonymous, Italian : Work(s) :: In Pro
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Chançoneta Tedescha no 3
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.

>Anonymous, Italian : Lamento di Tristano, estampie
  • Ensemble: Anima Mundi Consort
  • Notes: Chiesa di S. Stefano a Serravalle Pistoiese Pistoia - Italia (09/07/2005-09/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1340-1400