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German, French, and Chinese Music from the 17th Century

Performances by Musica Fiorita (Ars Musici) and Musique des Lumières (Naïve).

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Photo: Courtesy of the Ensemble

Musica Fiorita in concert.

The 1997 Ars Musici recording by Musica Fiorita entitled “Music and Poetry from the Time of the Thirty Years’ War” is a fascinating mixture music and recitation. The ensemble’s excellent performance of 17th-century German works is magnified by towering lieder singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who recites selected poems from the period.

Dietrich Becker: Canzona a 5
Musica Fiorita/Daniela Dolci — Music and Poetry from the Time of the Thirty Years’ War (Ars Musici, 1997)
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It’s not often we get to hear traditional Chinese music next to classical western music. Yet that’s exactly what Jean-Christophe Frisch did in a 2007 Naïve recording entitled “Music of the Jesuits in Beijing.”

Ensembles Musiques des Lumieres and Meihua Fleur de Prunus join forces in a reconstruction of a late 17th-century Catholic mass, including compositions by French missionaries as well as Chinese melodies of the period that were brought back to Paris.

Joseph Marie Amiot: Le chant des oies sur leur passage
Musique des Lumières XVIII-21 and Ensemble Meihua Fleur de Prunus/Jean-Christophe Frisch — Amiot: Messe des Jesuites de Pekin (Naïve, 2007)
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Dietrich Becker: Canzona a 5
Musica Fiorita/Daniela Dolci — Music and Poetry from the Time of the Thirty Years’ War (Ars Musici, 1997)
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Andreas Gryphius: “Vanitas! Vanitatum! Vanitas!” – poem
Musica Fiorita/Daniela Dolci — Music and Poetry from the Time of the Thirty Years’ War (Ars Musici, 1997)
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Johann Staden: Symphonia LXIV a 6
Musica Fiorita/Daniela Dolci — Music and Poetry from the Time of the Thirty Years’ War (Ars Musici, 1997)
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Joseph Marie Amiot: Le chant des oies sur leur passage
Musique des Lumières XVIII-21 and Ensemble Meihua Fleur de Prunus/Jean-Christophe Frisch — Amiot: Messe des Jesuites de Pekin (Naïve, 2007)
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Joseph Marie Amiot: Per la natività della Beata Vergine
Musique des Lumières XVIII-21 and Ensemble Meihua Fleur de Prunus/Jean-Christophe Frisch — Amiot: Messe des Jesuites de Pekin (Naïve, 2007)
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Charles d' Ambleville: Kyrie
Musique des Lumières XVIII-21 and Ensemble Meihua Fleur de Prunus/Jean-Christophe Frisch — Amiot: Messe des Jesuites de Pekin (Naïve, 2007)
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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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