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Radio Eclectus #52: Radical old music (Jul. 9, 2020)

Radio Eclectus #52: Radical old music (Jul. 9, 2020)

Playing tracks by

Cappella Romana, Ensemble Scholastica, Alla Francesca, Etienne de Meaux, Li moines de Saint-Denis and more.

Chart positions

This show was 12th in the global classical chart and 92nd in the global chillout chart.

This special episode is devoted to radical OLD music, showcasing the past year’s most intriguing recordings of medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque music. From the earliest tentative experiments with polyphony and notated music through the origins of chord progressions, harmony and opera, we highlight the spirit of innovation and exploration present in this work, interpreted by some of the leading lights of the early music revival movement.

Landini, Dufay, Ockeghem, Janequin, Ortiz, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Purcell and Strozzi are among the featured composers, the playlist ranging from the 12th to the 17th centuries. Music that’s too archaic, too abstruse and too old for most classical music shows—but right in line with our mission to bring you the strongest, most far-reaching music we can find.

As a bonus we explore the arcana of medieval cadences, demonstrate how Ockeghem anticipated Anthony Braxton, and offer our pick for "greatest pre-20th century female classical composer".

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Annotated playlist for show #52⠀
Intro and SET 1: Plainchant to polyphony⠀
1. [2:01] Sticheron for the Adoration of the Cross. From Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia (Cappella Romana, 2019) with Cappella Romana⠀
2. [8:03] Feast of the Conception of the Virgin - Iesse virga. From Saints inouïs (Atma, 2020) with Ensemble Scholastica⠀
3. [11:40] Anonymous: Que ferai/Ne puet faillir/Descendentibus (motet). From Variations amoureuses: Un voyage dans la lyrique courtoise au 13e siècle (Paraty, 2020) with Alla Francesca, Brigitte Lesne (direction)⠀
4. [12:32] Etienne de Meaux: Trop est mes maris jalos (chanson de malmariée). From Variations amoureuses (as above)⠀
5. [15:07] Li moines de Saint-Denis: En non Dieu c'est la rage (chanson and motet). From Variations amoureuses (as above)⠀
6. [16:16] Anonymous: Or la voi/Chou est la jus desos l'olive (rondet de carole). From Variations amoureuses (as above)⠀
7. [17:32] Gilbert de Berneville: Haute chose a en amor (chanson d’amour). From Variations amoureuses (as above)⠀
8. [20:30] Anonymous: Sol sub nube latuit (conductus). From Variations amoureuses (as above)⠀

SET 2: Trecento [21:42]⠀
1. [27:35] Landini: Conviens' a fede. From Firenze 1350, un jardin médiéval florentin (Ambronay Éditions, 2020) with Sollazzo Ensemble, Anna Danilevskaia (direction)⠀
2. [30:23] Landini: L'alma mie piang'e mai non puo aver pace. From L'Occhio del Cor (Arcana, 2020) with Christophe Deslignes (organetto), La Reverdie⠀
3. [34:49] Giovanni da Firenze: Per larghi prati, caccia. From Firenze 1350 (as above)⠀
4. [38:01] Landini: Non arà may pietà questa mia dona. From L'Occhio del Cor (Arcana, 2020) with La Reverdie⠀
5. [40:51] Landini: Creata fusti o vergine Maria. From Firenze 1350 (as above)⠀
6. [46:18] Paolo da Firenze: Godi Firenze. From Firenze 1350 (as above)⠀
7. [49:58] Donato da Cascia: Come 'l potes' tu far. From Firenze 1350 (as above)⠀
8. [53:36] Landini: Per un amante rio tal pena sento. From L'Occhio del Cor (Arcana, 2020) with La Reverdie⠀

SET 3: The Franco-Flemish Renaissance [57:33]⠀
1. [1:00:48] Guillaume Dufay: La dolce vista. From Lament for Constantinople (Hyperion, 2019) with Orlando Consort⠀
2. [1:04:11] Johannes Ockeghem: Fors seullement. From The Leuven Chansonnier Vol. 1 (Passacaille, 2019) with Sollazzo Ensemble, Anna Danilevskaia (direction)⠀
3. [1:11:07] Johannes Ockeghem: Ma bouche rit. From The Leuven Chansonnier Vol. 1 (as above)⠀
4. [1:16:25] Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Cuiusvis Toni - 3. Credo. From Masses, Vol. 2 (Fra Bernardo, 2020) with Beauty Farm: Bart Uvyn (countertenor), Adriaan De Koster (tenor), Tomáš Lajtkep (tenor), Achim Schulz (tenor), Hannes Wagner (tenor), Arnout Lems (baritone), Joachim Höchbauer (bass)⠀
5. [1:25:14] Michelet: S'il advient que mon dueil me tue. From The Leuven Chansonnier Vol. 1 (as above)⠀
6. [1:29:12] Clément Janequin: La guerre, Escoutez tous gentilz Gallois. From Mutations: Les chimères de Clément Janequin Coviello Classics, 2020) with thélème, Jean-Christophe Groffe (direction)⠀
7. [1:36:18] mutation IV. From Mutations (as above)⠀
8. [1:36:42] Clément Janequin: Le Blason du Beau Tétin. From Mutations (as above)⠀

SET 4: The first chord progressions! [1:40:55]⠀
1. [1:49:05] Diego Ortiz: Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas (1553) - Recercada primera sobre tenore "El passamezzo antiguo". From Trattado de Glosas (Alpha, 2020) with Guido Balestracci (solo viol), Bertrand Cuiller (harpsichord), Xavier Diaz-Latorre (vihuela, Renaissance guitar)⠀
2. [1:51:09] Diego Ortiz: Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas (1553) - Recercada segunda sobre tenore "El passamezzo moderno". From Trattado de Glosas (Alpha, 2020) with Guido Balestracci (solo viol), Bertrand Cuiller (harpsichord), Xavier Diaz-Latorre (vihuela, Renaissance guitar)⠀
3. [1:52:19] Diego Ortiz: Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas (1553) - Recercada terçera sobre tenore "El passamezzo antiguo". From Trattado de Glosas (Alpha, 2020) with Guido Balestracci (solo viol), Maude Gratton (organ)⠀
4. [1:54:01] Diego Ortiz: Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas (1553) - Recercada quarta sobre tenore "La folia". From Trattado de Glosas (Alpha, 2020) with Guido Balestracci (solo viol), Bertrand Cuiller (harpsichord), Xavier Diaz-Latorre (vihuela, Renaissance guitar)⠀
5. [1:55:21] Luis de Milán: Fantasia XIII por el primer y segundo tono. From Trattado de Glosas (Alpha, 2020) with Xavier Diaz-Latorre (vihuela)⠀
6. [1:56:57] Girolamo Kapsberger: Sinfonia XIII à un canto. From Seicento! (Passacaille, 2020) with Imaginarium: Enrico Onofri (violin), Allesandro Palmeri (cello), Simone Vallerotonda (archlute, theorbo), Federica Bianchi (harpsichord, organ). NOTE: Composed 1615⠀
7. [1:58:41] Benjamin Cosyn: Voluntary No. 1. From In Chains of Gold, The English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem, Volume 2 (Signum Classics, 2020) with Silas Wollston (organ)⠀
8. [2:00:50] Benjamin Cosyn: Voluntary No 3. From In Chains of Gold (as above)⠀
9. [2:02:37] Alessandro Stradella: Sonata a violino solo, violone e basso. From Seicento! (Passacaille, 2020) with Imaginarium: Enrico Onofri (violin), Allesandro Palmeri (cello), Simone Vallerotonda (archlute, theorbo), Federica Bianchi (harpsichord, organ). NOTE: Thought to be composed in 1670⠀

SET 5: Origins of opera [2:10:31]⠀
1. [2:18:19] Palestrina: Ego sum panis vivus. From Palestrina Vol. 8 (Coro, 2019) with The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (direction) with NOTE: Published 1572⠀
2. [2:24:14] Giulio Romolo Caccini: Intermedio 4 - Io che dal ciel cader. From Intermedi della Pellegrina Firenze 1589 (Dynamic, 2020) with Modo Antiquo, Coro Ricercare Ensemble, Federico Maria Sardelli (conductor)⠀
3. [2:26:15] Cristofano Malvezzi: Intermedio 5 - Sinfonia. From Intermedi della Pellegrina Firenze 1589 (as above)⠀
4. [2:28:36] Jacopo Peri: Intermedio 5 - Dunque fra torbid'onde. From Intermedi della Pellegrina Firenze 1589 (as above). NOTE: Echo with two replies⠀
5. [2:33:10] Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo - Act III: Possente spirto e formidabil nume. From L'Orfeo (Glossa, 2006) with Orfeo: Mirko Guadagnini (tenor), Ensemble La Venexiana, Marta Graziolino (harp), Claudio Cavina (director)⠀
6. [2:41:50] Claudo Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea - Act III, Scene 8: Pur ti miro, pur ti godo. From L'incoronazione di Poppea (Harmonia Mundi, 2019) with Poppea: Sonya Yoncheva (soprano), Nerone: Kate Lindsey (mezzo-soprano), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor)⠀
7. [2:46:39] Henry Purcell: Music for a While, Z 583 No. 2. From If (Signum, 2019) with Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Fretwork⠀
8. [2:50:27] Barbara Strozzi: Che si può fare. From Il Chiaroscuro (Bandcamp, 2020) with Il Chiaroscuro: Orsolya Toldi (soprano), Gábor Podhorszky (baroque guitar, lute)

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Photo credits: Diego Ortiz from Trattado de Glosas, Elisabetta De Mircovich via laReverdie, Barbara Strozzi by Bernardo Strozzi, Cappella Romana via the artists, Claudia Caffagni via La Reverdie, Guillaume Dufay and Gilles Binchois, Claudio Monteverdi from Fiori Poetici, Guidonian Hand, Johannes Ockeghem with his singers, cadence from Ortiz: Trattado de Glosas, Alla Francesca by Alain Genuys.