Time of the Templars

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313319237
  • Catalog Number: 8503192
  • Sales rank: 71,297

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Palästinalied (Kreutzfahrlied) ("Nu alrest lebe ich mir werde"), song - Walther von der Vogelweide & Estampie (3:09)
  2. 2 Ja nus hons pris, for consort - Estampie & Richard I Coeur-de-lion (2:22)
  3. 3 A l'entrant d'esté, R 620 - Estampie & Blondel de Nesle (4:10)
  4. 4 Cantiga de Santa María 60, Entre Av' e Eva - Ensemble Unicorn & Alfonso X (el Sabio) (2:21)
  5. 5 Chominciamento di gioia: Saltarello No. 1 - Ensemble Unicorn & Anonymous, Italian (2:37)
  6. 6 Clauso chronos, CB 73 - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Anonymous, Carmina Burana (3:10)
  7. 7 Cantiga de Santa María 213, Quen serve Santa María, a Sennor mui verdadeira - Ensemble Unicorn & Alfonso X (el Sabio) (5:44)
  8. 8 Axe Phebus aureo, CB 71 - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Anonymous, Carmina Burana (5:50)
  9. 9 Katerine Collaudemus, CB Supplementum 19 - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Anonymous, Carmina Burana (3:30)
  10. 10 O pastor animarum, antiphon - Oxford Camerata & Hildegard von Bingen (1:25)
  11. 11 Kalenda maia ni fueills de faia, estampie - Raimbaut de Vaqeiras & Estampie (2:26)
  12. 12 Kyrie eleison, litania - In Dulci Jubilo Children's Choir & Ambrosian Chant (1:35)
  13. 13 Viderunt omnes, organum for 4 voices - Pérotin & Tonus Peregrinus (3:57)
  14. 14 Kyrie eleison - Oxford Camerata & Hildegard von Bingen (4:29)
  15. 15 Vetus abit littera - Tonus Peregrinus & Gregorian Chant (2:25)
  16. 16 Alleluia, O virga mediatrix, alleluia antiphon - Oxford Camerata & Hildegard von Bingen (3:35)
  17. 17 Estampie (13th Cent.) - Anonymous & Estampie (2:36)
  18. 18 Lamento di Tristano & la Rotta, estampie for lute - Ensemble Unicorn & Anonymous, Italian (4:32)
  19. 19 A la nana, a la buba - Thomas Wimmer & Sephardic Traditional (3:13)
  20. 20 Guardame las vacas - Shirley Rumsey & Anonymous, Spanish (2:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Adorate Deum, introit in Mode 7 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (4:05)
  2. 2 Da pacem, introit in mode 1 (Liber Usualis No 1056a) - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (4:37)
  3. 3 Dominus illuminacio mea, introit in mode 2 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (5:48)
  4. 4 Laetetur cor, Introitus - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (4:08)
  5. 5 Dirigatur, gradual in mode 7 (Liber Usualis, No 1060a) - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:13)
  6. 6 Domine, Dominus noster, Gradulia - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:25)
  7. 7 Jacta cogitatum tuum, gradual in mode 7 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:57)
  8. 8 Laetatus sum, gradual in mode 7 (Liber Usualis No. 560, GR 139) - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:18)
  9. 9 Adorabo, alleluia - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (2:20)
  10. 10 De profundis, alleluia in mode 7 (Liber Usualis No. 1076, GR 388) - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:20)
  11. 11 Alleluia. Deus iudex iustus, in mode 8 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (2:53)
  12. 12 Laudate Deum, alleluia in mode 4 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (1:53)
  13. 13 De profundis, offertory in mode 2 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:31)
  14. 14 Domine convertere, offertory in mode 3 - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (2:22)
  15. 15 Iubilate Deo universa, offertory - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (7:50)
  16. 16 Iustitiae Domini, Offertoria - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (4:18)
  17. 17 Circuibo, communion 7th Sunday after Pentecost - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (2:08)
  18. 18 Dicut Dominus; implete hydrias. . .communion in mode 6 for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:55)
  19. 19 Dominus firmamentum meum, communion 4th Sunday after Pentecost - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (2:28)
  20. 20 Qui manducat, communion - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (2:19)
  21. 21 Gustate et videte (Psalm 33), communion 8th Sunday after Pentecost - Gregorian Chant & Alberto Turco (3:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bacche, bene venies, CB 200 - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Anonymous, Carmina Burana (6:00)
  2. 2 Tempus transit gelidum, CB 153 - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Anonymous, Carmina Burana (5:09)
  3. 3 Tempus est iocundum, CB 179 - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Anonymous, Carmina Burana (6:00)
  4. 4 Dinaresade - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Syrian Traditional (13:52)
  5. 5 Nevestinko oro - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Macedonian Traditional (3:19)
  6. 6 Sei willkommen, Herre Christ (a.k.a. Sys willekomen Heirre Kerst) - Ensemble Unicorn & Anonymous, German (4:40)
  7. 7 Kod Bethlehema - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Croatian Traditional (1:45)
  8. 8 Koleda na Bozic - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Croatian Traditional (1:04)
  9. 9 Düdül - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Turkish Traditional (2:40)
  10. 10 Kyrie eleison, chant (Christian-Arabic tradition, Lebanon) - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Lebanese Traditional (3:19)
  11. 11 De la crudel morte de Cristo, hymn (Laudario di Cortone, Ms. 91, Biblioteca Comunale di Cortone) - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Italian Traditional (2:01)
  12. 12 Sallalahu ala Muhammed (Yunus Emre - Ilahileri), chant - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Turkish Traditional (4:41)
  13. 13 Pesrev (Yunus Emre - Ilahileri), chant - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Turkish Traditional (1:28)
  14. 14 Ey Dervisler (Yunus Emre - Ilahileri), chant - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Turkish Traditional (4:59)
  15. 15 Keh Moshe, chant - Ensemble Oni Wytars & Jewish Traditional (1:49)
  16. 16 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Robin m'aime (Marion) - Tonus Peregrinus & Adam de la Halle (3:04)
  17. 17 Mout me fu grief li departir, motet for 3 voices (doubtful) - Tonus Peregrinus & Adam de la Halle (1:26)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sublime Sounds from the Middle Ages

    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.

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