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Carmina Carolingiana

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Carmina Carolingiana is a collection of poetic works from the IXth and Xth centuries; most were written in Latin and did not belong to the liturgy proper.

There are precious few traces left of this repertoire which testifies to the taste of imperial courts for poetry and the arts.

 

 
Lux Mediævis

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An anthology of mediaeval music that spans all the styles and the whole sound palette that Ligeriana has explored. From the 12th to the 15th century, sacred and secular songs, polyphonies, monodies, sung a cappella or to an accompaniment of various instruments, offer a great diversity of colours and timbres.

Groups of mixed voices, of women’s voices and solo singers pay homage to the great light of the Middle Ages.

 

 
DVD Live

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Ligeriana In concert

A medieval anthology from 9th to 15th century - sacred music

 

 
Bela Domna

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In the Middle Ages, in a society of men devoted to weaponry, the courtly love song, as illustrated by the troubadours and trouvères, gave pride of place to the ‘lady’ in the poetic debate of the time.
In this sophisticated repertoire, trobairitz and ‘trouveresses’ sometimes sing of the joy of loving, but most of the time they sing of grief.
Two voices, with highly contrasting timbres, offer us a most individual realization of these women’s poems of the 12th and 13th centuries.

 

 
Chansons de toile (weaving songs)

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The term ‘weaving songs’ applies to a repertoire that was meant to be sung by women during their needlework, or when weaving or spinning.
The songs belong in the north of France and are considered to be one of the earliest sources of mediaeval lyrical poetry.

 

 
The eaten heart

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One of the most highly prized poets of the whole era of courtly love, the Castellan of Coucy belongs to the first generation of trouvères (12th century).
L’Itinéraire Médiéval offers a restitution of the works of the poet within the broader framework of the ‘golden legend’ that Jakemon Sakesep wrote about him in the second half of the XIIIth century: ‘The romance of the Castellan of Coucy and the Lady of Fayel’. Tournaments and merrymaking, nobility and treason spin the web of a love story, from the early flutters of love to the reunion of lovers in death. The work of Jakemon enjoyed a huge popularity and was imitated or quoted until the 18th century.

 

 
De Amore

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The well-known H196 manuscript from the College of Medicine of Montpellier, is the most important collection of French motets of the 13th century.
A musical treasure-trove, it offers an extraordinary mix of styles, literary genres, and dialectal peculiarities. The sacred and the secular, the refined and the trivial, the profound and the farcical, Latin, Picard, the language of Ile-de-France and even the Langue d’Oc come together and sometimes overlap in various works. Although some of these pieces have been abundantly performed, quite a few have been left unexplored and no restitution as yet has given due recognition to this musical profusion...

 

 
Iberica

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Ligeriana, a group of women’s voices, is devoted to the ‘a cappella’ performance of the sacred music of the early Middle Ages in Europe. The ethereal voices of the performers offer a choice of polyphonies from five Iberian manuscripts of the 13th century. They celebrate the Marian cult or other liturgical themes, and were originally intended for choral practice of cloistered nuns in Catalonia, Castille or Aragon.
The mellifluous voices of the Ligeriana artists perform an uncanny reappropriation of this age-old singing tradition and bring back to life those invaluable scores that mix the powerful intervals of Ars Antiqua polyphonies to the sunny melismatic lines of the Iberian peninsula.

 

 
Scala Dei

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The amazing Codex of the Charterhouse of Scala Dei (Tarragona) reveals the uncommon vitality of a sung liturgy that brings together the Hispanic and Roman traditions in the welcoming atmosphere of the Catalan-Aragonese kingdom in the 13th century.
These magnificent songs dedicated to the celebration of the Virgin Mary mark the climax of this civilisation: miracles of poetry and purity restored in their original splendour by the nine women’s voices of the Ligeriana ensemble.