Aremorica. Land of Elves
Jessica Baran-Surel
Sunbase Records


1. Hanter droú   [2:38]   Brittany

2. Andro   [3:31]   Brittany

3. Ecco la primavera   [3:13]   Francesco LANDINI

4. Per tropo fede   [3:47]

5. Como poden   [2:52]   CSM 166

6. Vergine bella   [3:13]   Guillaume DuFAY

7. Bal gwened   [4:49]   Brittany

8. Amor mi fa cantar. Preludio   [0:53]
9. Amor mi fa cantar   [2:57]

10. Saltarello   [4:45]   Italy

11. Des oge mais quer' eu trobar   [3:09]   CSM  1

12. Laridé   [2:03]   Brittany

13. Stella splendens   [3:13]   LV 2

14. Sento d'amor la fiamma   [3:28]   Lorenzo da FIRENZE

Hanter Droú, Andro, Bal Gwened, Laridé
Hanter Droú (in French Hanter Dro), Andro, Bal Gwened and Laridé are traditional dances from the French (Celtic) Brittany. This bal is from the region of Gwened (in French, Vannes). The traditional dances of this region are still transmitted orally to this day.

Ecco la primavera
Ecco la primavera is a ballata for two voices, written by the composer, organist, singer, poet and instrument maker Francesco Landini (1325-1397). He is considered the foremost exponent of the Italian Ars Nova or Trecento.

Per tropo fede
Per tropo fede is a monophonic ballata written by an anonymous composer. It is preserved in the Rossi Codex, a music manuscript from 14th-century Italy. The manuscript contains madrigals, caccias and monophonic ballatas. This Italian manuscript is now divided in two parts, one in the Vatican Library, the other in Ostiglia.

Como poden
Como poden is one of 420 poems set to music in the Cantigas de Santa Maria. These pieces were written in the period of Alfonso X the Wise (1221–1284). The four surviving manuscripts are now at El Escorial (two manuscripts), the Spanish National Library, and Florence.

Vergene bella
Vergene bella is a polyphonic vocal composition written by Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474) to a text of Franceso Petrarca. Guillaume Dufay was one of the most important Franco-Flemish composers of the 15th century.

Amor mi fa cantar
Amor mi fa cantar is, as Per tropo fede, a monophonic ballata written by an anonymous composer, taken from the Rossi Codex.

The saltarello is a type of instrumental composition from 14th-century Italy. The composer is unknown, and the manuscript is located in the British Library. Often the pieces in the manuscript are considered Medieval dance music, but this seems unlikely for all but the saltarelli. These may have been Medieval dances, but this remains unproven.

Des oge mais quer‘ eu trobar
Like Como poden, Des oge mais quer' eu trobar is from the Cantigas de Santa Maria. The poems in this collection are written in Galician-Portuguese, a West Iberian Romance language spoken in the Middle Ages in the regions now called Portugal and Galicia (the Celtic part of Spain).

Stella Splendens
Stella splendens is a polyphonic song from the Libre Vermell de Montserrat, a 14th-century manuscript containing devotional texts and late Medieval songs. This Spanish manuscript is located at the monastery of Montserrat in Catalonia, near Barcelona.

Sento d'amor la fiamma
Sento d'amor la fiamma is a monophonic ballata written by Lorenzo da Firenze. A contemporary of Landini, he was a composer and teacher of the Italian Trecento.