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Stella Nuova

Artist: Joglaresa

Date of Release: 01/12/2007

Catalogue no: JOG001

Label: Joglaresa Live

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Stella Nuova

2.42

2

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Madonna Santa Maria

2.07

3

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Dança: Ave Maria

2.18

4

 

Ave regina gloriosa

5.28

5

 

Fa mi cantar amor

7.44

6

 

Cristo è nato

3.55

7

 

Laude novella sia cantata

4.23

8

 

Gloria 'n cielo

2.14

9

 

Ave Maria gracia plena

4.23

10

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Puer natus in Betlehem

5.11

11

 

Da ciel venne messo novello

5.48

12

 

Salve, salve, virgo pia

5.53

13

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Laudata sempre sia

2.53

14

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Salutiam divotamente

2.28

15

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Tarantella: Madre che festi

3.09

 

 

 

 

Celebratory Italian Medieval Song - Joglaresa were joined for this live concert by three Italian folk musicians. Lots of percussion and voices plus harp, fidel, bagpipes and hurdygurdy - very energetic!

 

Reviews

 

15/12/2005 Hilary Finch - The Times

Concert: Joglaresa - Stella Nuova December 13, 2005

Joglaresa are at the forefront of the current efflorescence of singers and instrumentalists whose study of improvisation and ethnomusicology informs and shapes their imaginative re-creation of medieval music-making. And what they performed at the start of St John’s Christmas Festival was, in its day, at a similarly sharp cutting edge: songs of ecstatic spirituality, no longer in Latin, but in a raw and ringing vernacular.

Belinda Sykes has three real-live Italians in her line-up: Catia Gianessi, Riccardo Delfino and Pierino Rabanser ensured that vowels and vocal colours were as brightly coloured as the Advent purples and gold of their silken apparel — and as pungent as the music itself.

This programme focused on two collections of Laude spirituali: from Cortona in the 13th century, and from Florence in the 14th. Believe it or not, these exquisite manuscripts indicated no rhythms, harmonies or instrumentation — so informed guesswork is the order of the day. And Sykes is more informed than most.

Her study of voice and improvisation in North Africa, Spain and the Middle East was thrillingly evident in the instrumental dervishes and drones, and in the vocalism of A new star has appeared, with its melismas and its spooky, tritone-inflected melody.

Lovesongs to Mary, hypnotic refrains circling round the appearance of the angel Gabriel, and wine-dark harmonies from Corsica: the sweet soprano of Jennie Cassidy, the resinous tones of Catia Gianessi, and the wild ululations of Sykes turned in the kaleidoscope with the lone, rough-hewn tenor of Pierino Rabanser.

Paul Clarvis’s battery of percussion, including giant tambourines and hollow Egyptian tabla, brought both magic and menace to this medieval Italian Christmas.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,14936-1930174,00.html

 

26/12/2003 Roderic Dunnett - The Independent

One marked highlight of St. John’s Smith Square’s Christmas festivities was the group Joglaresa. It was packed with punters, for Belinda Sykes’s spirited medieval ensemble, whose new programme Stella Nuova: A Medieval Italian Christmas, complete with fidel, oud, tamborello, bagpipes and some knockout drumming from Paul Clarvis, delightfully demonstrated this spirited group’s hypnotic versatility – modern jongleurs all. Jennie Cassidy (tender) and Catia Gianessi (punchy) furnished the soprano line; Sykes herself has a melting low mezzo, which beamed through “Ave Mari Gracia Plena”.

 

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