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Florentine Annunciation


A Florentine Annunciation : Music of the 14th Century Vol. 4

  • Published by Move Records [MD3094] — 1 CD
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The Music of the Fourteenth Century Series presents some of the earliest and most significant polyphonic settings of the lyric poetry of the late middle ages.

A team of musicologists, literary scholars and performers from Melbourne University and La Trobe University and the Australian Research Council, under the direction of John Stinson and John Griffiths, have collaborated to research and interpret works by principal composers and from the central collections of the fourteenth century. The musical sources of France and Italy in the age of Machaut, Petrarch and Boccaccio include some 1500 works, most of which have never been available on recordings.

In addition to the restoration, research and interpretation of important manuscripts, software developed for the project is currently used in over 30 universities around the world.

The Ensemble of the Fourteenth Century and Les Six are collectives of specialist singers and instrumentalists brought together for the Fourteenth Century Recording Project. Essentially formed around the leading mediaeval ensemble La Romanesca, which has been expanded to provide the varied instrumental and vocal combinations required by the repertory.

Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation - Patronal Feast of Santa Annunziata (Orbatello) via della Pergola, Firenze, 25 March 1417 (According to MSS Douai 1171 and Paris, BN it. 568)
Les Six

The Florentine year began on 25 March, as on that day the Christian world celebrates the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, when it was revealed to her that she was to bear a son who would be the Redeemer.

This recording recreates the festive mass as it was performed in Florence in the early fifteenth century from a manuscript compiled by Don Paolo Tenorista, the most important composer of late-fourteenth century Italy, after Francesco Landini.

Accompanying notes provide fascinating details about the manuscript, detailed analysis of each section of the mass and translations. Includes a contemporary sermon by St Antoninus, Archbishop of Florence, delivered by Ivano Ercole.


Track Listing

Amor dolce senc pare
Gloria (Gherardello)
Ave maris stella (Organ)
Gloria (Organ solo)
Credo (Bartholus)
Sanctus (Lorenzo)
Motet (Marchettus of Padua)
Agnus Dei (Gherardello)
Lauder vollio per amore
Benedicamus Domino (Organ)
Benedicamus Domino (Don Pablo)

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