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Medieval Music with Joglaresa, The Rose Ensemble, and Millenarium

Three new recordings of music from the Middle Ages, including songs of the trouvères, music for Saint Francis of Assisi, and medieval dances.

ensemble with medieval instruments

Photo: Courtesy of Joglaresa

Joglaresa (Belinda Sykes, dir.).

Joglaresa

The London-based ensemble Joglaresa has been exploring medieval music for nearly two-decades under the direction of Belinda Sykes. Their latest recording, entitled “Douce Dame Debonaire,” immerses us in the world of French medieval song. Their performance is stunning for its intensity and sheer beauty.

The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble’s latest recording revolves around music for Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscans also known as Il Poverello. The ensemble’s program is a fascinating compilation of medieval and Renaissance music devoted to St. Francis, with additions of chant and instrumental pieces.

Millenarium

Millenarium’s recording of medieval dances, aptly titled “Danza,” is simply fantastic. Released on the Ricercar label, the recording includes some of the more popular and often played medieval dances, yet Millenarium’s performance really brings something new and vibrant to the table.

Music Heard On This Episode

Anonymous: “Douce Dame Jolie”
Joglaresa/Belinda Sykes — Douce Dame Debonaire (c, 2009)
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Anonymous: “Douce Dame Jolie”
Joglaresa/Belinda Sykes — Douce Dame Debonaire (c, 2009)
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Anonymous: “Quant Je Sui Mis Au Retour”
Joglaresa/Belinda Sykes — Douce Dame Debonaire (Joglaresa, 2009)
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Anonymous: Saltarello
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Il Poverello (Rose, 2009)
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Guillaume Dufay: “Salve, Sancte Pater Patriae”
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Il Poverello (Rose, 2009)
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Anonymous: La Quarte Estampie Royal
Millenarium — Danses médiévales (Ricercar, 2008)
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Bernard de Ventadorn: “Totz Altres Joys”
Millenarium — Danses médiévales (Ricercar, 2008)
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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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