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Time of the Templars
     

Time of the Templars

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With the compilation Time of the Templars, Naxos continues its practice of repackaging material from its catalog in thematic collections that should have broad appeal. The Order of the Knights Templar flourished in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and this collection features music that would have been part of the culture of the time, even though some of

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With the compilation Time of the Templars, Naxos continues its practice of repackaging material from its catalog in thematic collections that should have broad appeal. The Order of the Knights Templar flourished in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and this collection features music that would have been part of the culture of the time, even though some of it was written much earlier. The first volume of this three-CD set, Music for a knight, consists of a widely varied assortment of pieces, some sacred, some secular, some instrumental, and some vocal, including trouvère and troubadour songs, Cantigas de Santa Maria, dances, and works by Hildegard and Perotin taken from about a dozen previous releases by ensembles such as Tonus Peregrinus, Oxford Camerata, Ensemble Unicorn, and Ensemble Accentus. The diversity of material and performing forces makes this an especially attractive disc, and the performances are outstanding, lively, and polished. The second volume, Music of the church, is a reissue of a single CD, Adorate Deum: Gregorian Chant from the proper of the mass, performed by Nova Schola Gregoriana, an all-male ensemble led by Alberto Turco. This CD is notable for its homogeneity; all the chants are monophonic and the performances are quiet and low-key. This would definitely work as lulling background music or as an aid to relaxation or meditation. The third volume, Music of the Mediterranean, provides a fascinating combination of Eastern and Western music of the period, including an astonishing setting of the Kyrie Eleison that sounds like it came from a mosque rather than a church. As in the first volume, the selections come from a variety of previous releases, with the Ensemble Oni Wytars prominently featured. The sound is consistently good for all the selections. The collection should be of interest to early music fans and is especially useful in that it points listeners to the CDs from which the selections are taken.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313319237
catalogNumber:
8503192
Rank:
110218

Tracks

  1. Palästinalied (Kreutzfahrlied) ("Nu alrest lebe ich mir werde"), song
  2. Ja nus hons pris, for consort
  3. A l'entrant d'esté, R 620
  4. Cantiga de Santa María 60, Entre Av' e Eva
  5. Chominciamento di gioia: Saltarello No. 1
  6. Clauso chronos, CB 73
  7. Cantiga de Santa María 213, Quen serve Santa María, a Sennor mui verdadeira
  8. Axe Phebus aureo, CB 71
  9. Katerine Collaudemus, CB Supplementum 19
  10. O pastor animarum, antiphon
  11. Kalenda maia ni fueills de faia, estampie
  12. Kyrie eleison, litania
  13. Viderunt omnes, organum for 4 voices
  14. Kyrie eleison
  15. Vetus abit littera
  16. Alleluia, O virga mediatrix, alleluia antiphon
  17. Estampie (13th Cent.)
  18. Lamento di Tristano & la Rotta, estampie for lute
  19. A la nana, a la buba
  20. Guardame las vacas
  21. Adorate Deum, introit in Mode 7
  22. Da pacem, introit in mode 1 (Liber Usualis No 1056a)
  23. Dominus illuminacio mea, introit in mode 2
  24. Laetetur cor, Introitus
  25. Dirigatur, gradual in mode 7 (Liber Usualis, No 1060a)
  26. Domine, Dominus noster, Gradulia
  27. Jacta cogitatum tuum, gradual in mode 7
  28. Laetatus sum, gradual in mode 7 (Liber Usualis No. 560, GR 139)
  29. Adorabo, alleluia
  30. De profundis, alleluia in mode 7 (Liber Usualis No. 1076, GR 388)
  31. Alleluia. Deus iudex iustus, in mode 8
  32. Laudate Deum, alleluia in mode 4
  33. De profundis, offertory in mode 2
  34. Domine convertere, offertory in mode 3
  35. Iubilate Deo universa, offertory
  36. Iustitiae Domini, Offertoria
  37. Circuibo, communion 7th Sunday after Pentecost
  38. Dicut Dominus; implete hydrias. . .communion in mode 6 for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
  39. Dominus firmamentum meum, communion 4th Sunday after Pentecost
  40. Qui manducat, communion
  41. Gustate et videte (Psalm 33), communion 8th Sunday after Pentecost
  42. Bacche, bene venies, CB 200
  43. Tempus transit gelidum, CB 153
  44. Tempus est iocundum, CB 179
  45. Dinaresade
  46. Nevestinko oro
  47. Sei willkommen, Herre Christ (a.k.a. Sys willekomen Heirre Kerst)
  48. Kod Bethlehema
  49. Koleda na Bozic
  50. Düdül
  51. Kyrie eleison, chant (Christian-Arabic tradition, Lebanon)
  52. De la crudel morte de Cristo, hymn (Laudario di Cortone, Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortone)
  53. Sallalahu ala Muhammed (Yunus Emre - Ilahileri), chant
  54. Pesrev (Yunus Emre - Ilahileri), chant
  55. Ey Dervisler (Yunus Emre - Ilahileri), chant
  56. Keh Moshe, chant
  57. Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Robin m'aime (Marion)
  58. Mout me fu grief li departir, motet for 3 voices (doubtful)

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Time of the Templars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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One of the more intriguing releases of the year is this three-disc set inspired by the Knights Templar, a Christian military order that appeared after the First Crusade of 1096. Originally dedicated to safeguarding those making pilgrimages to the Holy Land, their order grew in size and influence during the next two centuries. Before being disbanded by a mistrustful Pope in 1307, they were known as much for their skill in combat as their religious devotion. Those twin impulses—the martial and the spiritual—are well represented by the music in this collection. Disc one is titled “Music for a Knight,” and presents a variety of tunes that vividly evoke the religious, social and emotional textures of the day, including selections from the “Carmina Burana” and songs by Hildegard von Bingen. Disc two, “Music of the Church,” consists entirely of Gregorian chant, which exerts a powerfully hypnotic spell through its monophonic structure and impassioned a cappella vocals. The final disc, “Music of the Mediterranean,” is a lively and varied mix of Middle Eastern songs and instrumentals of Jewish, Muslim and Christian origin. Collectively, this is the kind of music a Knight Templar might listen to for inspiration, contemplation, or just simple relaxation, and it remains just as accessible and vital to the modern listener. This handsomely produced Naxos box set makes a great entry point for anyone curious about the religious and secular music of that long-vanished era.