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Cançonièr and the Dunedin Consort & Players

The medieval ensemble Cançonièr explores music from the time of Vlad Dracula and the Dunedin Consort and Players perform J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (Linn).

Cançonièr

Photo: Tom Schapell

Cançonièr (right to left: Annette Bauer, Shira Kammen, Phoebe Jevtovic, and Tim Rayborn).

Ensemble Cançonièr’s new CD entitled The Black Dragon might be the first of its kind. I know of no other recording devoted to the music from the time of Vlad Dracula (roughly the middle of the 15th Century).

Directors Annette Bauer and Tim Rayborn have put together an enticing program which includes a musical setting of the famous poem about Dracula’s horrific deeds. A fascinating array of traditional and courtly music from the Balkans rounds out the selections—all beautifully performed.

With so many recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor commercially available, you wonder whether releasing another one is worth it. In the case of the Dunedin Consort Players’ version, the answer is absolutely yes.

Director John Butt has opted for small forces whose power the effect of a large ensemble. Overall, the performance is the best I’ve heard on recording in years—moving, powerful, and energized.

Johann Sebastian Bach: “Gloria in excelsis Deo”
Dunedin Consort & Players/Butt — Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Linn, 2010)
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Michel Beheim/Oswald von Wolkenstein: "Von ainem wutrich der hies Trakle waida von der Walachei"
Cançonièr (Annette Bauer, Phoebe Jevtovic, Shira Kammen, and Tim Rayborn) — The Black Dragon: Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula (Cançonièr, 2010)
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Conrad Paumann: "Mit ganzem Willen"
Cançonièr (Annette Bauer, Phoebe Jevtovic, Shira Kammen, and Tim Rayborn) — The Black Dragon: Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula (Cançonièr, 2010)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: “Gloria in excelsis Deo”
Dunedin Consort & Players/Butt — Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Linn, 2010)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: “Quoniam tu solus Sanctus”
Dunedin Consort & Players/Butt — Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Linn, 2010)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: “Cum Sancto Spiritu”
Dunedin Consort & Players/Butt — Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Linn, 2010)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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