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Hosanna In Excelsis:texts And Music CD (2006)

Artist: Les Menestrels

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Texts and music from the spiritual world of the European Middle Ages form the subject matter of this program, which the Les Menestrels Ensemble has put together specially for this performance held in the monastery church at Maulbronn. One is astonished by the abundant variety of language and subject matter on offer here. Yet perhaps even more astonishing is the widespread, cross-border dissemination of a body of religious and cultural thought that flourished outside church walls. In today's monotonous popular culture, shaped as it is by the dogma that what sells is what matters, cultural and human values no longer enjoy pride of place. Linguistic standardization is pursued aggressively, and dialects, expressions and cultural resonances travel beyond regional borders in only the rarest of cases. In the song as cultivated in the Middle Ages, however, we find a linguistically multifaceted culture; one that is, in this sense, truly more European. Modern media have wrought little improvement. On the contrary, inquisitorial surveillance has found its match in the uniformity-enforcing filter of a profit-oriented business management "culture." The Church may well have imposed strict guidelines, as Klaus Walter describes in the notes below, but at least the themes that were the focus of artistic creation were those by which human beings are moved, and wit and subtlety challenged the human intellect.


Label Qualiton Imports Ltd.
SKU 202493804
UPC 675754902322
UPC 14 00675754902322
Format CD
Release Date 4/11/2006
Author Les Menestrels
Featuring Klaus Walter
Featuring Marie Therese Escribano
Featuring Michael Walter
Artist Bio
Les MenestrelsThe Ensemble Les Menestrels was founded in 1963 by Marie Therese Escribano, Klaus Walter and Michael Walter - all acquainted from the Viennese ensemble for contemporary music, "Der Reihe." Through being involved with the music of the 20th century, interest arose in constructive polyphonic compositions of the 14th and 15th centuries, and above all, the Ars Nova. Despite expansion of the repertory to cover the period around 1600, this has remained the main interest of the group. Instruments were added step by step to make possible the reproduction of each epoch and its characteristic sound. Les Menestrels achieved their first great success at the Vienna Festival Weeks in 1965 with the scenic performance of the cantefable Aucassin et Nicolette, for which H.C. Artmann contributed the translation.
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Artist Les Menestrels
Music Format Compact Disc

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