Distant Mirror with Allan Kelly

Fridays at 10 pm

An hour of music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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Anonymous 4 refers to 14th century Florentine composer Francesco Landini as the "Italin master of subtle refinement", and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear them perform several of Landini's love songs from their cd The Second Circle. Also on the program, Julian Bream plays some Elizabethan and Jacobean lute music, and we'll conclude with 16th century French dances with the King's Noyse, featuring soprano Ellen Hargis. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

It's all Machaut on Friday's Distant Mirror

May 16, 2019

It's an all Machaut program on Friday's Distant Mirror. We'll begin with his Notre Dame Mass, the first complete ordinary of the mass written by a single composer. Jeremy Summerly conducts the Oxford Camerata in a performance considered definitive since it was recorded at Rheims cathedral where the mass was first performed in 1362 conducted by Machaut himself. Then in the second hour of the program you'll hear some of Machaut's secular music as Gothic Voices under Christopher Page performs from the cd The Mirror of Narcissus. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Distant Mirror: May 10 - Tournai Mass

May 10, 2019

On Friday's Distant Mirror hear the late 13th, early 14th century Tournai Mass, the very first complete mass, that is, the first mass that we know of in which the ordinary of the mass remained fixed,  although the mass movements were composed by by several anonymous scribes. The Trio Mediaeval performs. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

On Fridy's Distant Mirror hear dance music for Queen Elizabeth I's Violin Band, anonymous 16th century music performed by the Parley of Instruments directed by Petr Holman from the cd Music of Violenze. Then rare 15th century  English church music, featuring pieces by John Dunstable and Walter Lamb performed by the Orlando Consort. And we conclude, still in England, with more of theose pavans, galliards and almans of Anthony Holborne with Hesperion XXI directed by Jordi Savall. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI visit Distant Mirror Friday night with Elizabethan consort music from their CD The 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 t 10pm.

On Fridays's Distant Mirror we'll complete the mass cycle of William Byrd as  the Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips perform his Mass for 5 Voices, the last of his Latin masses from the early 1590's. Then, some great dance music from the 16th century with tunes from the collections of Tielman Susato, Pierre Phalese, Claude Gervase and Pierre Attaignant, all performed by the Clemencic Consort. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Hear both sacred and secular music by William Byrd on Friday's Distant Mirror. The Choir of Winchester Catheral under David Hill perform Byrd's Mass for 3 Voices. Then two consorts: The Leaves Be Gren, a praeludium and ground with Capriccio Stravagante directed by Skip Sempe. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

The Martin Best Ensemble visits Distant Mirror this Fiday evening with several of the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the 13th century  court of  Alfonso X, the Wise, King of Castile, songs in honor of the Virgin Mary in the tradition of the Provencal troubadors.  Also on the program, the Mass for 4 Voices of William Byrd performed by the Tallis Scholars.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

It's the music of 13th century French composer Adam de la Halle on Friday's Distant Mirror. Adam was a trouveres in the service of Robert of Anjou, brother of Louis IX.  He wrote chansons, motets and rondos, and you can hear several of these as the Dufay Collective perform from their cd On the Banks of the Seine. Also on the program two selections by John Dowland, as well as pieces by Robert Morton, Christopher Tye and Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

The Ensemble Clement Jannequin visits Distant Mirror Friday night with the top tunes of the 1550's in Paris from their collection Fricasee Parisienne: Popular chansons from the French Renaissance. Hear selections by Sandrin, Sermisy, Crequillon and others. Then the Early Music Consort of London performs the Terpsichore Dances of Michael Praetorius.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

On Friday's Distant Mirror Allan Kelly will present a progrm that first aired in 2013 called "How I Came to Early Music" which demonstrates the almost seamless transition from Celtic and English folk music of the late 1960's and early 1970's to medieval secular music that was enjoying a  revival at that same time.    On the folk side you'll hear selections by Shirley and Dolly Collins, Pentangle, John Renbourn, The Incredible String Band and others,  juxtaposed with performances by the Dufay Collective, The Early Music Consort of London and Anonymous 4.  Join Allan at 10pm.

The Capella Cordina under the direction of Alejandro Planchart was one of the most exceptional and prodiguous early music vocal ensembles of the 1970's, and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear them perform a beautiful mass by 16th cenury Spanish composer Cristobal de Morales, his  Mass for the Armed Man.

Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble on Friday's Distant  Mirror with selections from the award-winning cd Officium including two 14th century Czech pieces and one by Cristobal de Morales.  Then a tribue to the groundbreaking early music ensemble Musica Reservata, featuring mezzo-soprano Jantina Noorman and directed by Michael Morrow.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Soprano Emma Kirkby joins Gothic Voices on Friday's Distant Mirror with three selections by 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen from the cd A Feather on the Breath of God.  Christopher Page directs.  Then Ms. Kirkby teams up with lutenist and former spouse Anthony Rooley for three selections from John Dowland's last song cycle, A Pilgrim's Solace. There's also consort music of Orlando Gibbons, and a Dufay sacred piece  for voices and soprano saxophonne.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

For most of the 14th century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France.  The Avignonese popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music. On Friday's (2/15) Distant Mirror  the Ensemble Venace Fortunat and La Schola Choir of the University of Tours  perform music from the popes' palace at Avignon from the cd Altera Roma.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Nearly all Early Music enthusiasts are familiar with the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the 13th century court of Alfonso the Wise of Castile but did you know that a collection of secular music may also have existed at Alfonso's court? The Dufay Collective has done exhaustive research on the instruments of the day as well as on the secular styles then in vogue , and has put together music that very well may have been performed at Alfonso's court, and you can hear several of these pieces on Friday's Distant Mirror.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Medieval pilgrimages were undertaken for many reasons: As penance to fulfill a promise made during illness, to escape prison, or, as Geoffrey Chaucer suggests, simply as a cure for Spring fever.  Pilgrimage sites were often places where miracles had occured or sacred relics were discovered.  On Friday's Distant Mirror hear the Toronto Consort perform from their cd The Way of the Pilgrim many of the songs that might have been sung en route to the holy places.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

13th Century French composer Antoine Busnois was the leading figure of the Burgundian school after the death of Dufay.  He served at the court of Charles the Bold and followed the Duke on all his military campaigns.  Busnois was most noted for his secular music, especially his rondos, but some of his sacred pieces were very notable, especially his Missa O Crux Lignum which you can hear performed by the Orlando Consort on this Friday's Distant Mirror.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

It's music from Elizabethan England on Friday night's Distant Mirror as Alfred Deller and the Deller Consort perform selections from their CD The English Madrigal School.  Hear music from Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, Robert Johnson, John Wilbye and others.  Then in the second part of the program lutenist Hopkinson Smith is featured with preludes, chansons and dances collected by 16th century French music publisher Pierre Attaignant.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

The Tallis Scholars visit Distant Mirror this Friday with the music of Josquin Des Prez, the central figure of the 15th century Franco Flemmish school and considered to be the first master of the Renaissance style of polyphonic vocal music.  Hear a performance of one of his four voice msterpieces, the Missa Pangue Lingua.  Peter Phillips directs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Celebrate the New Year on this week's Distant Mirror with a Medieval--Renaissance Pops Concert.  Hear all those early music chestnuts that you love and can't hear enough of.  Selections by Anthony Holborne, Thomas Morley, Tielman Susato,  Adam de la Halle and others.  Performances by the King's Noyse, The Musicians of the Glove, the Dufay Collective, Gothic Voices and Musica Reservata.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Music of late 15th, early 16th century English composer Robert Fayrfax on this week's Distant Mirror.  Fayrfax was the most prominent musician in the employ of Kings Henry VII and Henry VIII, and his music influenced many who followed, such as John Taverner and Thomas Tallis.  He was closely associated with St. Alban's Abbey and wrote a mass specifically for it, the Missa Albanus, which you can hear performed by the Cardinall's Musick directed by Andrew Carwood.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Enjoy a Medieval-Renaissance Christmas on this week's Distant Mirror.  Performances by New York Polyphony,  a Celtic Christmas with La Nef and the Apollo Singers, the Martin Best Ensemble and, of course, it wouldn't be Christmas without Anonymous 4.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Gautier de Coincy was a late 12th, early 13th century French cleric who translated into French many of the Latin  miracle poems praising the Virgin, and then set them to medieval popular songs in the courtly love tradition of the trouveres.   Hear several of these on Friday's Distant Mirror as Andrew Lawrence-King and the Harp Consort perform from their cd Miracles of NotreDame.  Join Allan Kelly at 11 pm (airing an hour later due to the expanded edition of PostClassical).

On this week's Distant Mirror hear fantasies, pavans and galliards by 16th century Spanish Renaissance composer Luis Milan from his collection El Maestro, which serves as an example of the music current at a   humanist Renaissance court. Viola da gambist  Jordi Savll performs along with harpist Andrew Lawrence-King.  Join Allan Kelly at 10 pm. 

Listen to the Pope Marcellus Mass on Friday's Distant Mirror, the work which is credited with saving polyphonic church music.  The story goes that in order to more easily combat the reformation the church had to present a music that was less elaborate and therefore more audible to the ordinary layman.  At the Council of Trent in 1555 the cardinals were about to agree to return to plainchant when Pope Marcellus comissioned Palestrina to compose a mass that would show the world that part-music could be both concise and musically valuable.  The Pope Marcellus Mass is consider

The Folger Consort visits Distant Mirror Friday night with a program of Renaissance instrumental music from their CD Playing with Fire: Fiery Improvisations of the popular Tunes and Dance Music of the 16th century.  While most are anonymous pieces there are selections here by Jacques Moderne, Francesco de la Torre and the collector Pierre Phalese.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

The mass Se la face ay pale of Guillaume Dufay is a mix of medieval strictness and Renaissance freedom, which is to be expected written as it was by the man who bridged both periods.  Hear a performance of this great mass on this week's Distant Mirror  as David Munrow directs the Early Music Consort of London. Later in the program music from the Chantilly Codex as the Ensemble P.A.N. performs selections by Baude Cordier, Jean Vaillant and Franciscus Andrieu.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Mostly Machaut on Friday's Distant Mirror

Nov 9, 2018

It's the music of Guillaume Machaut on Friday's Distant Mirror.  You'll hear a rondeaux, ballade and virelai performed by Fortune's Wheel.  Then Matthew Brooke from the Oxford Camerata performs Machaut's Le Lay de Bonne Esperance from his Le Voir Dit.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Distant Mirror: Oct. 26 - Trio Mediaeval

Oct 26, 2018

The Trio Mediaeval visits Distant Mirror this Friday night with the Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater of 15th century English composer Lionel Power.  The mass, based on the Marian antiphon of the same name, is one of the earliest masses to feature the cantus firmus in all the movements of the ordinary.  Power, with the possible exception of John Dunstable, is considered the greatest English composer of the 15th century.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

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