Programme 2014

Spinato intorno al cor

Spinato intorno al cor is a programme based solely on music by Antonio Zacara da Teramo. Many have been fascinated by the diversity of Zacara´s production, from shorter songs of simple polyphonic beauty, as those copied in Squarcialupi Codex, to the longer, polyphonically complex and textually sometimes bizarre works in Lucca Codex. Both ends of the extreme are represented in our programme, starting with "Ferito già d´un amoroso dardo" and ending with the famous flower-trilogy "Rosetta" - "Un fior gentil" - "Spinato intorno al cor". Also included is the autobiographical madrigal "Plorans ploravi", and "Le temps verrà", a motet about the great schism. The programme has been recorded for the Norwegian classical label LAWO and was released in 2012. Performed by five musicians.

Nuda non era

Nuda non era is an instrumental programme based on medieval vocal and instrumental music. The songs are by composers like Landini, Zacara, Machaut, and the ever famous Anonymus. The program title is from a ballata by Zacara, transmitted solely in the manuscript Oxford 213. As with many medieval songs, much of the text is missing, which makes an instrumental rendering the only possibility. Following the examples of Codex Faenza and other manuscripts, we elaborate many of the songs with diminutions, at times also with new parts. Performed by three or four musicians.

Angelica biltà

The programme Angelica biltà primarily presents ballatas and madrigals by the famous Florentine poet, organist, and composer Francesco Landini. The songs deal with laws of love and the effect of beauty and love on man; longing, joy, fear, sadness. The songs are interspersed with miniatures by the Norwegian composer Eivind Buene, composed for the ensmeble in 2011. Performed by seven musicians.

Mass

As a continuation of our work on Antonio Zacara da Teramo, we here explore his liturgical works. Zacara composed several Glorias and Credos. In order to have a complete mass, we juxtapose Zacara´s wonderful compositions with improvisations on plainchants, and with newly composed works by Morten Eide Pedersen. The programme was first performed under Bergen Medieval Music Days in 2013, in collaboration with the French ensemble "Le Chant sur le Livre", and will be further developed in 2014 and 2015.

Musicians

Currentes´ medieval programmes are performed by

  • Ingvill Mjeldheim Holter and Elisabeth Holmertz, soprano
  • Kristin Mulders, mezzo-soprano
  • Kjetil Almenning, tenor
  • Anna Danilevskaïa and Hans Lub, medieval fiddle
  • David Catalunya (clavisimbalum)
  • Jostein Gundersen, recorders and direction
  • Collaborations with Le Chant sur le Livre (Fr) and compoeser Morten Eide Pedersen

Restoration work

Restoration work brings together wonderful three-part compositions of Jenkins and Locke with divisions on grounds by Baltzar and Simpson, or any one other ground we feel like playing upon.

Performed by

  • Jostein Gundersen (recorders)
  • Stefan Lindvall (baroque violin)
  • Mikko Perkola (viola da gamba)
  • Hans Knut Sveen (harpsichord)

Currentes is continuously developing and adding to their programs. If you wish to know more about them, please feel free to send an email to info[at]currentes.com.