Medieval Music in Denmark


Medieval Music in Denmark

dacapo 8.224133 · 1999

Musica Ficta

Sopraner: Malene Nordtorp, Aino Lund Lavoipierre,
Marianne G. Nielsen
Alter: Helen Rossil, Birte Stokkebæk, Rie Koch
Tenorer: John Kjøller, Ole Hedegaard, Sune Hjerrild
Basser: Ole Norup, Hans-Henrik Raaholt, Torben Eskldsen, Anders Holte
Dirigent: Bo Holten

Producer & teknik: Jesper Jørgensen

Indspillet i Kastelskirken den 18, 28-29 januar 1999 og i St. Heddinge Kirke den 26 juli 1999


1. Gaude Mater
2. Summa pia gratia
3. Regalis ostro sanguinis
4. Ecclesie prosapies
5. Decus regni
6. Jhesus Christus nostra salus
7. Maria candens lilium
8. Beatus vir
9. Alleluya V. Pascha nostrum
10. Gaudeat devotio fidelium

11. Ave martyr dux Danorum
12. Drømdæ mik æn drøm
13. Christ undhæ megh
14. Mith hierthæ brendher
15. Gaude Maria V. Gabrielem Archangelum
16. Nicolai solempnia
17. Caterva nostro laudibus
18. O rosa in Iherico
19. Letificat laudacio
20. Christus resurgens V. Dicant nunc Judei
21. Gaudet Mater Ecclesia



Only little medieval music has survived in Denmark. And all of it is represented on this recording. It could be argued that the value of the existing pieces is emphasized by their rarity, but actually this music deserves to be enjoyed in its own right, as well as being an intriguing historical experience.

The music ranges from the earliest known – regrettably unflattering – mention of Danes in music in the 900th century to Danish songs from the 1500th century. It includes the 13th century Parisian polyophony found in a remarkably Danish source and Danish versions of songs from the international repertory, and thus illustrates both Danish contribution to European music and the musical contacts that Denmark enjoyed with the rest of Europe in the Middle Ages.


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