The pillar of wisdom / The Renaissance Players, directed by Winsome Evans.
The Renaissance Players, directed by Winsome Evans, was founded
48 years ago at the University of Sydney. It has a nucleus of
nine to ten musicians (singers and instrumentalists) which is
varied according to the needs of particular performances. In
addition, the group contains a poetry reader, and one or two
miming clowns. The Renaissance Players has established itself as
the most accomplished and widely known professional early music
group in Australia. Their sense of musical style, colourful
costuming, technical ability and vital presentation are their
This CD is volume IV of the Cantigas de Santa Maria as recorded by The Renaissance Players. The Cantigas are mediaeval manuscripts written in mediaeval Galician-Portuguese during the reign of Alfonso X "El Sabio" (1221-1284). The collection consists of 420 poems with musical notation and is the largest collections of songs from the Middle Ages. The Virgin Mary is mentioned in every song, which shows her playing an important role in earthly matters.
Pillar of Wisdom is dedicated to the late Kathleen Kulp Hill, from the school of mediaeval Romance languages at the University of Kentucky, USA.
Duration: 63 min.
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