Rosa das Rosas  /  Canso, Early Music Ansambl

La Música de las Cantigas de Santa María del Rey Alfonso el Sabio, XIII c.

Edition Lilac EL 161209



Cantigas de Santa Maria, XIII c.

1. Como poden per sas culpas   [6:17]   CSM 166

2. Rosa das rosas   [10:15]   CSM 10

3. Santa Maria, valed'   [3:20]   CSM 279

4. Miragres fremosos   [3:56]   CSM 37

5. Pois que dos reys nostro Sennor   [6:39]   CSM 424

6. O ffondo do mar do mar tan chao   [10:30]   CSM 383

7. En todo tempo faz ben   [4:09]   CSM 111

8. Putnička melodija noću   [2:03]
Serbian traditional melody, transcribed by Rev. Živojin Stanković

Canso, Early Music Ansambl

Marta Močnik Pirc — soprano, Slovene medieval dulcimer
Nenad Kosak — tenor
Lada Magdalenić Morpurgo — vielle, rebec
Žorž Grujić — gemshorn, shawm, Balkan flutes, recorders, rauschfeife
Ante Beno — recorders, Balkan flutes, duduk
Janez Jocif — portative organ, Slovene medieval dulcimer, stringed drum, English border pipes,
hummelchen small pipes, tromba marina, tabor pipe, hurdy gurdy, fujara

Darko Karajić — medieval lute, Persian lute, cura 
Veljko Nikolić — percussion, Arabian medieval trumpet

Canso and the Cantigas

Canso is a group of established instrumentalists and vocalists from south-eastern Europe,
specializing in music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, who have been drawn together
by the delight they share in the unique textures of this music, and the scope they find in its
troubadour tradition for joyful improvisation.

For its first disc Canso has selected works from the collection known as the
'Cantigas de Santa Maria', compiled around 1250 under the supervision of King Alonso X
'The Wise ', King of Castile. While the songs performed are dedicated to the Virgin,
whose cult was blossoming at the time of their composition, the court of King Alonso
welcomed singers and musicians from all over the western Mediterranean. The exaltation
of earthly delights characteristic of the Provençal poets suffuses the music, as does their
playful understanding of the proximity of the sacred and profane. lt is perhaps unsurprising
then that music that so generously shelters and acknowledges diverse impulses should
beckon to itself centuries later a group of musicians of such deep and varied experience.

Album Notes

The thirteenth century collection of songs gathered under the title of 'Cantigas de Santa Maria del Rey Alfonso el Sabio' are probably not exclusively the work of the great Spanish king Alfonso X El Sabio (the Wise) (1221-1284) but their collation and publication, richly illuminated and illustrated, was certainly at his initiative. It formed part of a wider program carried out by intellectuals at his court to translate from the Arabic and publish works of history, law and theology. There are 426 Cantigas, almost all with music, written in Galician, usual for the literature of the period. Just as the Cantigas' lyrics originate in well-known stories about the Virgin but make use of courtly love motifs from the Occitan region, so their musical styles reflect the immediate musical surroundings. They include forms of chant of a specific Spanish timbre, popular song, and many melodies that are at least reminiscent of Arab rhythmical patterns. Not only do the Cantigas provide unique insights into the devotional and musical life of Spain in the Middle Ages, but it seems likely that the Cantigas are in fact also important evidence of cultural cross-fertilization between the undocumented musical traditions of the Andalusian Moors and those of their Christian successors.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Robert Nappholz at studio Debelji, Zagreb 2015-2016
Produced by Robert Nappholz & Ante Beno
Executive Producer: Darko Karajić |
Photos: Sandra Munić & Ante Beno & Robert Nappholz
Design: Veljko Nikolić "Papa Nick"
Produced by Canso |

© 2016 Canso |
℗ 2016 Edition Lilac |

Publication of this album is
supported by Instituto Cervantes