The Telling – Gardens of Delight: Roses, Lilies & Other Flowers in Medieval Song (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:58 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © First Hand Records
Gardens of Delight’ is the first in a series of new recordings from the popular Medieval ensemble The Telling. This beautiful and interesting album features songs associated with flowers from the composers Guillaume de Machaut, Johannes Ciocnia, Antonio Zacara da Teramo and Hildegard of Bingen.
References to lilies and roses and many other flowers abound in both secular and sacred texts that were set to music from across European medieval repertoire from the 12th to the early 15th century. These two flowers in particular provided a rich symbolism: lilies represented purity and brightness in a sacred context and roses are often used to represent love, either secular or sacred. Both flowers were strongly associated with the Virgin Mary – the lily particularly is associated with the annunciation, the biblical scene in which the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary to announce that she will give birth. Countless painting and altarpieces show Gabriel presenting a lily to Mary for example.
The Telling has a growing reputation for creating intimate, staged concerts to bring medieval music off the page and reach wider audiences. Formed in 2009, The Telling draw from a pool of leading musicians who perform for the Society of Strange & Ancient Instruments, I Fagiolini, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Carnival Band and The Dufay Collective.
1-01. The Telling – La rosa enflorese (03:55)
1-02. The Telling – Pues que tu reina del cielo (02:57)
1-03. The Telling – Cantigas de Santa Maria: No. 10, Rosa das Rosas (03:41)
1-04. The Telling – De tout flors (04:06)
1-05. The Telling – Plus bele que flor – Quant revient – L’autrier joer – Flos (02:47)
1-06. The Telling – O virgo pia – Lis ne glai – Amat (03:00)
1-07. The Telling – Ther Is No Rose of Swych Virtu (04:33)
1-08. The Telling – Ad rose titulum (03:36)
1-09. The Telling – O rosa bella, o dolce anima mia (09:03)
1-10. The Telling – Laude novella sia cantata (04:21)
1-11. The Telling – Un fiore gentile m’apparse (03:31)
1-12. The Telling – Der Winter will hin weichen (03:17)
1-13. The Telling – Unter den Linden (03:39)
1-14. The Telling – Ave generosa (07:11)
1-15. The Telling – Ordo virtutum: Procession (05:15)
Leah Stuttard, medieval harp, frame drum, voice
Clare Norburn, voice
Ariane Prussner, voice