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With this new recording, La Reverdie explores the well-known collection of medieval songbooks known as Carmina Burana. The manuscript features a series of texts, mostly in Latin, compiled between the 12th and early 13th century at the request of an anonymous abbot of Kloster Neustift in the southern Tyrol. Already the object of many recordings, these refined songs are presented here in an absolutely new approach. This recording focuses on the amorous and, above all, moralizing poems, partly because of the topicality of their messages. Performed in universities and ecclesiastical circles throughout all of Europe, they are a sort of highly refined ‘clerical entertainment’, lacking neither irony nor tender nostalgia. La Reverdie has conceived the programme as a sort of Remembrance of Things Past, recreated with enchanting music and savoury texts from one of the most celebrated of all medieval manuscripts.
Discover a new interpretative approach aimed at highlighting the textual and musical subtleties of the selected repertoire rather than its tritely coarse aspects. The selected pieces are placed within a narrative journey that heightens the originality of the project. The albums comprised world premiere recordings (tracks 6, 9, 15,18) : a contemporary melody is assigned to four poems not set to music in the manuscript, in keeping with the practice of the contrafactum. This recording thereby gives life to particularly vivid texts, otherwise mute in the manuscript.