Distant Mirror with Allan Kelly

Fridays at 10 pm

An hour of music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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Roland de Lassus, perhaps more popularly known as Orlando di Lasso, was the chief representative of the mature polyphonic sound of the Franco-Flemish school.  He wrote over 150 chansons and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear several of these performed by the Ensemble Clement Jannequin.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

All the horrors of the 14th century are captured by the greatest poet/composer of the time, Guillaume de Machaut, in his compilation The Judgment of the King of Navarre Friday night on Distant Mirror.  Hear several ballades from this major work as the Ensemble Gilles Binchois performs led by Dominque Vellard.  Also on the program, hear soprano Emily van Evera sing William Byrd's setting of a text by Sir Phillip Sidney, "O Lord, how vain are all our frail delights".  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

It's the music of 15th century Flemish composer Alexander Agricola on Friday's Distant Mirror.  Agricola's music is rarely performed today because of its difficulty and eccentricity but Paul van Nevel  has arranged several of his mass movements into a musical quilt that he calls the Missa Guazzabuglio.  Van Nevel directs the Huelgas Ensemble.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

On Friday's Distant Mirror it's music from the Hundred Years War, that on again, off again struggle between England and France in the 14th and 15th centuries set  against a backdrop of plague, peasant revolts and papal politics.  Gothic Voices performs muisc from both sides, both sacred and secular.  Hear pieces by Philippe de Vitry, Pierre des Molins, John Dunstable and others.  Christopher Page directs.  And we'll conclude the program with lute music from late 15th--early 16th century Italian composer Marco Dall'Aquila.  Paul O'Dette performs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

It's an all English Distant Mirror this Friday night, highlighted by countertenor Russell Oberlin's performance of the 12th century St. Godric songs, the earliest English music that we know of.  Then 14th Century English music, both sacred and secular, is performed by the Hilliard Ensemble.  The Tallis Scholars are next with Thomas Tallis' Spem in Alium.  The program concludes with William Byrd's 9th Pavan and Galliard Passing Measures  with Davitt Moroney on the harpsichaord.  Join Allan Kelly at 10. 

Jordi Savall visits Distant Mirror Friday night with the music of French baroque composer Marin Marais. Hear his Suite in E Minor, which he wrote as an homage to his musical inspiration Saint-Colombe.  Jordi Savall plays bass viol, ( as did both Marais and Saint-Colombe). Rolf Lilevand and Xavier Diaz-Latorre are featured on guitars,  Philippe Pierlot on  viol and Pierre Hatai on harpsichord.  Also on the program, chansons by Johannes Ockeghem with the Orlando Consort.  Join Allan Kelly at 10. 

The Westminster Cathedral Choir visits Distant Mirror this Fridy night with the music of Tomas Luis de Victoria, the greatest composer of the Spanish Renaissance and called by many the Spanish Palestrina.  Hear his Missa O Quam Gloriosum, one his more famous parody masses and based on the motet of the same name from 1572.  David Hill Directs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Anonymous 4 refers to 14th Century Florentine composer Francesco Landini as the Italian master of subtle refinement, and on Friday's Distant Mirror they will perform several of his love songs from their cd The Second Circle.  Also on the program lutenist  Julian Bream performs music  of Dowland, Byrd, Johnson and others from the cd The Golden Age of English Lute Music.  Finally, the King's Noyse along with soprano Ellen Hargis with 16th Century French dances and songs from the publicattions of PierrePhalese.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

It's an all Machaut program on Friday night's Distant Mirror.  We begin with the Notre Dame Mass, the first complete ordinary of the mass by a single composer,  Jeremy Summerly directs the Oxford Camerata in a performance most consider definitive since it was recorded at Rheims cathedral where the mass was first performed in 1362.  Then in the second part of the hour hear several of  Machaut's songs with Gothic Voices directed by Christopher Page.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

On Friday's Distant Mirror hear the late 13th--early 14th century Tournai Mass, the very first complete mass, that is, the first mass in which the ordinary remained fixed, although the mass movements were composed by several anonymous scribes.  The Trio Medaieval performs.  There's also music of King Henry VIII of England, who, when not beheading wives or detroying monasteries, had time to write some happening tunes, such as the suite "Rose without a Thorn" written while wooing Anne Boleyn. The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble performs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Dances, fantasias and popular tunes for Queen Elizabeth I's Violin Band on Friday's Distant Mirror: Anonymous 16th Century music performed by the Parley of Instruments conducted by Peter Holman. Then rare  15th century English church music  featuring pieces by Walter Lamb and John Dunstable performed by the Orlando Consort from their cd The Call of the Phoenix.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XX I visit Distant Mirror Friday night with Elizabethan consort music from the cd "Teares of the Muses":  Pavans, galliards and almans of Anthony Holborne from his  collection of 1599, which was the first printed collection of dance music to appear in England. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

There's some great  Renaissance dance music on Friday night's Distant Mirror as the Clemencic Consort performs from the collections of Pierre Phalese, Claude Gervaise and Pierre Attaignant.  Also on the program, the conclusion of the mass cycle of William Byrd as the Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips perform the Mass for 5 Voices.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Hear both sacred and secular music by William Byrd on this Friday's Distant Mirror. First, the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of David Hill performs the Byrd Mass for 3 Voices; then two consort pieces: The Leaves be Green and a praeludium and ground, both featuring Capriccio Stravagante under Skip Sempe.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

The Martin Best Ensemble visit Distant Mirror Friday night with several of the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the 13th century court of King Alfonso X, the Wise, of Castille.  These songs are in honor of the Virgin Mary in the tradition of the Provencal troubadours.  Also on the program: The Tallis Scholars perform William Byrd's Mass  for 4 Voices.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

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