THE TELLING Gardens of Delight

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USA and digital platforms: 4 Jan 2019
UK/Europe release: 11 Jan 2019

The Telling
‘Gardens of Delight – Roses, Lilies & Other Flowers in Medieval Song’

The Telling:
Clare Noburn voice
Ariane Prüssner voice
Leah Stuttard medieval harp, frame drum, voice

ANON. (15th century)
1. La rosa enflorese
traditional Sephardic song

ANON. (late 15th century)
2. Pues que tu reyna del cielo
text by Juan del Encina (1468–1529/1530)
(Cancionero de Palacio (Madrid, Biblioteca Real, MS 1335, fol. 246v))

ANON. (13th century)
3. Rosa das rosas
(Cantiga No. 10 from Cantigas de Santa Maria)

Guillaume de Machaut (1300–1377)
4. De tout flors (instrumental)
(Faenza Codex, fol. 37v–38v)

ANON. (13th century)
5. Plus bele que flor • Quant revient et fuelle et flor • L’autrier joer m’en alai • Flos
(Montpellier Codex, fol. 26v–28v)
6. O virgo pia • Lis ne glai • Amat
(Montpellier Codex, fol. 227v–228v)

ANON. (c.1420)
7. Ther is no rose of swych virtu
(Trinity Carol Roll, MS. O.3.58)

Anon. (14th century)
8. Ad rose titulum (instrumental)
(Cambridge Gonville & Caius MS 512/543, fol. 260v)

Johannes Ciconia (1370–1412)
9. O rosa bella, o dolce anima mia
text based on a poem by Leonardo Giustiniani (1385–1446). (Paris Bibliothèque Nationale, nouvelles acquisitions françaises, MS 4379, fol. 46v–48r)

ANON. (13th century)
10. Laude novella sia cantata
(Laudario di Cortona, fol. 3v–5v)

Antonio ZACARA DA TERAMO (c.1350–c.1415)
11. Un fiore gentil m’apparse
(Lucca Codex, fol. 17)

ANON. (15th century)
12. Der winter will hin weichen
(Lochamer Liederbuch, pp.6–7)

ANON. (c.12th-13th century)
13. Unter den Linden
trouvère melody ‘En mai au douz tens’ novels text by Walther von der Vogelweide (c.1170–c.1230)

Hildegard of BINGEN (1098–1179)
14. Ave generosa
text by Hildegard of Bingen
(Riesencodex, fol. 474v)

15. Procession from Ordo Virtutum
text by Hildegard of Bingen
(Riesencodex, fol. 481v)

Recorded at St Mary Magdalene, Sherborne, UK, 10–12 January 2018
Produced and engineered by Adrian Hunter
24bit, 96kHz hi-resolution recording & mastering

Album cover image by Silvie Mišková based on the 13th-century rose window of Strasbourg Cathedral, under licence from Shutterstock.com
All photos taken by Robert Piwko
Artwork by David Murphy (FHR)

Press Quotes

“The vocal colours of the two principal singers complement each other well: Clare Norburn’s clear, silvery, bell-like soprano just the foil for Arianne Prüssner’s resonant, wine-dark tones”
(BBC Music Magazine, performance **** / recording *****) 

“There are some lovely moments as the medieval harp blends with the female voices in beautiful slow airs … the blended voices work beautifully in the more contemplative repertoire such as is their lovely account of the 14th-century English carol Ther is no ro… this CD provides a pleasing and effective introduction to this repertoire.” (Early Music Review)

“a beautifully haunting beginning… Finely focused voices, with minimal vibrato, highly expressive & very concentrated… beautifully pared down… we must hope for a further disc!” (Planet Hugill ****)


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