The Ministry of Angels / The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England / 8.12.2012
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Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 "Early Music Show" / 23.12.2012, 13:00
0:00 Es sungen drei Engel / traditional CD #13
2:04 Nuin poder deste mundo / Alfonso X el Sabio CSM 165
3:28 Blessed that be maid Marie / traditional CD #12 (instrumental in the CD)
0:00 Belle qui tiens ma vie / Thoinot Arbeau CD #10
4:17 Rondeau / François Francœur CD #11
0:00 Joseph and the angel / traditional CD #9
2:14 Christmas cheer / John Playford CD #9
4:10 Doves vagary / John Playford CD #5
0:00 A solis ortus cardine / sarum chant CD #8
+ Angelus admonebit Abacue prophetam / The Play of Daniel CD #15
6:47 En tamanna coita non pode seer / Alfonso X el Sabio CSM 131 CD #15
0:00 La Follia / Arcangelo Corelli CD #7
0:00 Devil stick the Minister / traditional CD #2
1:26 The Devil’s Dream / traditional CD #3
2:53 Con seu ben sempre ven / Alfonso X el Sabio CSM 115
7:28 Guillo, pran ton tamborin! / traditional CD #1
+ Pease Brawle / traditional CD #1
+ Candlestick Brawle / traditional CD #1
Clara Sanabras — voice, oud, Renaissance guitar, oud Clare Salaman — hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa, hardanger violin Joy Smith — harps, percussion Peter McCarthy — basses
Lucie Skeaping presents highlights from a concert performed by The Society of Strange & Ancient Instruments, featuring everything from dulcimer and oud to nyckelharpa and Hardanger fiddle, recorded earlier this month at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Angels have played a part in human consciousness for as long as we can remember. Their roles in the life of mankind are various; they appear as guardians, counsellors, guides, judges, and interpreters and cross barriers of culture, language, religion and geography. Many are a force for good but there are also fallen angels, angels of death and others who are spirits of wrath, destruction, confusion and vengeance.
In this programme, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments explores music associated with angels, the maverick and fallen as well as the divine and perfect. Playing some of the instruments that appear in descriptions and depictions of angels through the ages, as well as other strange and ethereal sounding instruments, we present traditional tunes, dances, songs and carols in a celebration of these heavenly and occasionally diabolical beings.
The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
In the years around 1900, a group of well known musicians, calling themselves La Société des Instruments Anciens, gave a series of ‘historical performances’ in Paris in which they presented an eclectic mix of original and arranged baroque music, played on a collection of what were then considered to be wildly exotic instruments; hurdy gurdy, viola d’amore, viola da gamba and harpsichord. Taking inspiration from these pioneering ancestors, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments was founded in 2010 to explore, with similarly unusual instruments, a repertoire that ranges from bawdy ballads and earthy dances to high art music from the 18th century and before, as well as newly composed pieces. The members of The Society are all leaders in the field of early music with many years of performing and recording experience.