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Neidhart: A Minnesinger and His "Vale Of Tears" / Marc Lewon

> Der han (after Neidhart) - Der han (after Neidhart)
> Mir ist ummaten leyde (arr. M. Lewon) - Mir ist ummaten leyde (arr. M. Lewon)
> Summer unde winder (arr. M. Lewon) - Summer unde winder (arr. M. Lewon)
> Clausula (after songs by Neidhart and 13th Century English monodies) - Clausula (after songs by Neidhart and 13th Century English monodies)
> Sinc eyn gulden hoen - Der munich (stantipes) (arr. M. Lewon) - Sinc eyn gulden hoen - Der munich (stantipes) (arr. M. Lewon)
> Willekome eyn sommerweter suze (arr. M. Lewon) - Willekome eyn sommerweter suze (arr. M. Lewon)
> Guoten wib wol uch der eren [adapted from Jena Liederhandschrift, 14th Century] (arr. M. Lewon) - Guoten wib wol uch der eren [adapted from Jena Liederhandschrift, 14th Century] (arr. M. Lewon)
> Non veul mari (after a 13th Century motet) - Non veul mari (after a 13th Century motet)
> Ich claghe de blomen (arr. M. Lewon) - Ich claghe de blomen (arr. M. Lewon)
> Der hedamerschol (stantipes) (after a trouvere song, 13th Century) - Der hedamerschol (stantipes) (after a trouvere song, 13th Century)
> Allez daz den sumer (arr. M. Lewon) - Allez daz den sumer (arr. M. Lewon)
> Vil wol gelopter got (completed by M. Lewon) - Vil wol gelopter got (completed by M. Lewon)
> Je muir, je muir (arr. M. Lewon) - Je muir, je muir (arr. M. Lewon)

Album Summary

>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Der han, cantilena
>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Mir ist ummaten leyde
>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Summer unde winder
>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Clausula
>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Work(s)
>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Willekome eyn sommerweter suze
>Liederhandschrift, Anonym : Guoten wib wol uch der eren
>Anonymous : Non veul mari, motet
>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Ich claghe de blomen
>Anonymous : Der hedamerschol, motet
>Handschrift, Anonymous, R : Aliez daz den sumer (Everything that all summer long)
>Vogelweid, Walther von der : Vil wol gelopter got
>Halle, Adam de la : Je muir, je muir d'amourete, rondeau for 3 voices
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Neidhart was one of the most popular Minnesingers - or "poet-musicians" - of the late Middle Ages. His songs deal with rustic, erotic and violent topics mediated, however, through court culture, which gives them a stylized, ironic sense of detachment. His division of songs into "summer" or "winter" adds another layer of complexity, with melancholy or dance-orientated topics prevailing, depending on the season. The instrumental music carries a rural character. The "Frankfurt Fragment" manuscript has never been recorded in full, and is here performed by one of the most outstanding ensembles in the field.

Early Music Review
So many recordings of medieval songs sound incredibly beautiful but neutral with respect to the words. This however, is different. The singing is direct but not coarse, and the accompaniment matches. The poems themselves are incredibly sophisticated, with complex irony, as the excellent booklet note describes.

Crescendo
But now the fragment, containing six songs with five melodies, has not only been unearthed but also recorded for the first time in its entirety. For this Marc Lewon, an expert in the field of medieval music and director of Ensemble Leones, has worked with the fragments to create a playable version. What is more, these versions are not only playable but also listenable.

Cinemusical
The performances are really excellent with clear diction (a plus for the early language usage). The quality of the voices is very pure and unaffected, though not without proper emotional intensity. The trio of performers (Marc Lowen, Els Janssens-Vanmunster, and Baptiste Romain) manage to lend this music a timeless quality suffusing the instrumental dance-like works with a good sense of rhythm and subtle improvisational qualities that are simply marvelous. The choice to include instrumental music is a definite plus for students exploring this music for the first time. The works allow for good comparisons of style for the period and will open the door to further study of text-setting as well.

Karfunkel Magazine
With his latest production on the minnesinger who came up with the concept of "anti-minnesang" the Neidhart specialist Marc Lewon presents one of the earliest Neidhart-sources, maybe even one of the earliest transmissions for minnesang-melodies at all. Besides their artistic involvement the ensemble also worked intensively with the source, made a facsimile, transcription, and reconstruction of the songs to create a basis for further artistic and scientific work with Neidhart. Performing on the musically highest level, technically entirely beyond reproach this recording is a must-have for anyone who is seriously interested in Medieval Music.

Minnesang.com
omen" has full bitterness of unrequited love, farming ruthlessness and courtly greed the traditional adversaries in their place. The Marc Levon touchingly sung and accompanied Mrs. World farewell song "Allez daz the sumer" then sets the resigned finale, the ensemble with Walther's "Vil want gelopter got" and Adam Le Halles "Je muir, the muir" a somewhat conciliatory accompanied finale. No doubt, this recording with Neidhart is drawn deeper into Reuental. He puts us in closer but human - a man who has suffered much pain, but found the ground by mocking the language and music of his way to defy fate.

www.spiellut.de
Several nice and pleasantly arranged instrumental pieces (the guys prove they can also "rock", for instance in "Hedamerschol") round off the recording in the appropriate style.

MusicWeb International
This recording combines music by Nithart or Neidhart with that of other MinnesSnger (Walter von der Vogelweide and the anonymous 'virtuous writer', who also participated in the Wartburg Contest, celebrated in Wagner's TannhSuser) and their Provental and Northern French counterparts, the troubadours and trouvFres, who jointly stand at the source of the stream of Western European music. The performances are scholarly - as are Marc Lewon's notes, which demolish the idea that Neidhart's full name was 'von Reuenthal'* - and convincing to my non-specialist ear. The lack of texts and translations is a problem: my Middle High German is pretty good, but not good enough to pick up all the words. Some of the texts are available online or in collections such as Minnesangs Frnhling, but you may wish to wait in hope of a release on CD with texts.

MusicWeb International
This superb CD proves that time travel is possible. To listen to these outstanding performances by Ensemble Leones of Neidhart's beautiful music and witty, sophisticated, sometimes outrageous poetry is to be transported back eight hundred years to an incredible period in the history of music and civilisation in general. All who care about that heritage should hear this recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switze (04/06/2010-04/09/2010).



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Works Details

>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Der han, cantilena
  • Conductor: Marc Lewon
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Mir ist ummaten leyde
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal

>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Summer unde winder
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal

>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Clausula
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Work(s) :: Sinc eyn guiden hoen (Sing, you golden hen) / Stantipes 'Der munich' ('The monk')
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Willekome eyn sommerweter suze
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal

>Liederhandschrift, Anonym : Guoten wib wol üch der eren
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Non veul mari, motet
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Reuenthal, Neidhart von : Ich claghe de blomen
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous : Der hedamerschol, motet
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Handschrift, Anonymous, R : Aliez daz den sumer (Everything that all summer long)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Vogelweid, Walther von der : Vil wol gelopter got
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Halle, Adam de la : Je muir, je muir d'amourete, rondeau for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Leones
  • Notes: Heilig Kreuz Kirche Binningen-Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland (04/06/2010-04/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1270-1300