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The  Cosmopolitan   Songs  by  Oswald  von  Wolkenstein  

Ensemble  Leones   Marc  Lewon     CHR  77379   Oswald   von   Wolkenstein:   politician,   diplomat,   Lord   of   Hauenstein-­‐castle,   Knight   of   the   Reign   and   bon   vivant...   these   were   his   "main   professions"   and   they   took   him   to   nearly   all   regions   of   the   world   known   in   his   time.   Today,   he   is   most   famous   for   his   most   important   "hobbies":   he   was   a   master   poet,   musician   and   composer,   a   fine   singer  and  player  of  diverse  instruments  and,  ostensibly  was  fluent  in  around  ten  languages.  From  no   other  poet-­‐composer  of  the  Middle  Ages  has  such  a  multifaceted  repertoire  been  handed  down:  he   wrote  not  only  popular  songs  and  simple,  monophonic  narrative  songs,  but  also  complex  polyphony   with  refined,  intricate  part  writing.  Almost  everything  that  was  in  vogue  during  his  time  can  be  found   in  his  personal  manuscripts,  but  none  of  the  music  in  his  collection  can  compare  to  the  strange  yet   fascinating  sounds  that  came  from  his  own  pen.     For   the   CD   "The   Cosmopolitan—Songs   by   Oswald   von   Wolkenstein",   Marc   Lewon   has   compiled   a   programme  with  his  Ensemble  Leones  that  does  justice  to  Oswald's  versatility  as  poet  and  musician.   Alongside  rarely  heard  pieces,  they  present  a  series  of  premiere  recordings  ranging  from  multilingual   "macaronic"  Lieder  and  travel  descriptions  to  true  musical  gems.   Since   the   songtexts   could   not   be   included   with   the   CD-­‐booklet,   our   online   tracklist   on   www.leones.de  contains  links  to  the  website  of  the  "Oswald  von  Wolkenstein-­‐Gesellschaft",  where   all  of  Oswald's  songtexts  are  online.   Marc  Lewon     10    Ain  gút  geboren  edel  man  (instrumental)   11    Nu  rue  mit  sorgen     12    Wer  ist,  die  da  durchleuchtet     13    Ich  klag  (instrumental)   14    Mit  gúnstlichem  herzen     15    Herz,  prich   16    Wol  auff,  wir  wellen  slauffen  (instrumental)/     Bog  de  primi  was  dustu  da  

tracklist   1    Do  fraig  amors   2    Stampanie  (instrumental)   3    Freu  dich,  du  weltlich  creatúr  (instrumental)   4    Durch  aubenteuer  tal  und  perg   5    Gar  wunniklich  hat  si  mein  herz  besessen     6    Es  seusst  dort  her  von  orient     7    Ach  senliches  leiden     8    Wes  mich  mein  búl  ie  hat  erfreut  (instrumental)     9    Wol  auff,  wol  an  

total  time:  79:45  

  Ensemble  Leones     Els  Janssens-­‐Vanmunster  voice   Miriam  Andersén  voice·∙  harp  ·∙  cow  horn  ·∙  rattle   Tobie  Miller  voice  ·∙  hurdy-­‐gurdy     Baptiste  Romain  vielle  ·∙  bagpipes     Liane  Ehlich  (guest)  [Tr.  10,  13,  16]  medieval  transverse  flute     Marc  Lewon  voice  ·∙  plectrum  lute  ·∙  cetra  ·∙  vielle  ·∙  direction    

 

Ensemble  Leones   Ensemble  für  Frühe  Musik  |  Ensemble  for  Early  Music   Künstlerischer  Leiter  |  artistic  director:   Marc  Lewon  

 

 

 

www.leones.de

Management   Gabriele  Elisabeth  Lewon   Lörracher  Str.  36a  |  D-­‐79639  Grenzach-­‐Wyhlen   tel:  +49  (0)7624  -­‐  20  90  70  |  e-­‐mail:  gabriele@lewon.de  

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early music Ensemble

 

Leones

  more  CDs  by  Ensemble  Leones:      

COLOURS  IN  THE  DARK   The  Instrumental  Music  of   Alexander  Agricola   CHR  77368,  2013          

 

NEIDHART   A  Minnesinger  and  his  ‘Vale  of  Tears’   NAXOS  8.572449,  2012    

5  Pizzicato  

  Listening  to  this  attractive,  evocative   recording  and  gra-­‐  dually  taking  on  board   its  many  facets  are  fresh  musical   experiences  well  worth  having.   Gramophone     Die  Musik  lebt  -­‐  und  man  spürt,  wie  sie   die  Hörer  ihrer  Zeit  absolut  gefesselt   haben  muss.     MDR  Figaro     They  are  all  played  here  with  palpable   joy.   Sunday  Times     ...eine  der  wichtigsten  im  Bereich  der   Renaissancemusik  der  letzten  Jahre.   Weitere  Aufnahmen  dieses  Ensembles   sehe  ich  mit  Neugier  entgegen.     Toccata     Cette  superbe  production  nous  plonge   directement  au  cœur  de  la  Renaissance…   une  œuvre  riche  en  emotions  et  taillée   en  un  magnifique  tissue  contrapuntique.   …toujours  captivant  et  envoûtant.   Pizzicato

LES  FANTAISIES  DE  JOSQUIN   The  Instrumental  Music  of  Josquin   Desprez   CHR  77348,  2011  

     

 

 

        Die  Rettung  des  Minnesangs…Endlich  ist   eine  CD  erschienen,  die  den  Minnesang   als  raffinierte,  reflektierte,  vielschichtige   Kunstform  ernst  nimmt.     BR  KLASSIK     Peerless  musicianship.  This  superb  CD   proves  that  time  travel  is  possible…listen   to  these  outstanding  performances  by   Ensemble  Leones  of  Neidhart’s  beautiful   music  and  witty,  sophisticated,  some-­‐ times  outrageous  poetry…the  songs  are   compellingly  evocative  and  utterly  con-­‐ vincing.  Everyone  who  cares  about  that   heritage  should  hear  this  recording.   MusicWeb  International       Eine  Schatztruhe  früher  Musik   …stilkundig,  einfühlsam,  differenziert   und  feinsinnig  bis  in  die  subtilsten   Schattierungen…eine  wahre  Kostbarkeit   für  Liebhaber  der  frühen  Musik.     Badische  Zeitung     Spannend.       Crescendo     …highly  enjoyable…   Highly  recommended.   Classical  Net  

       

  Die  Musiker  meiden  das  Deftige  und   Plakative  zugunsten  einer  sensiblen  Aus-­‐ formung  der  Details  und  einer  genau-­‐  en   Auslotung  der  Atmosphäre.     Fono  Forum     Hauchig  und  zart,  mitreissend  und   statisch,  durchsichtig  und  imposant  wird   gespielt...   Tagesanzeiger  Zürich     Overall,  however,  this  is  an  album  that   true  Josquin  lovers,  and  especially   libraries  with  Josquin  collections,  will   want  to  own.     All  Music     Sometimes  I  wonder:  is  the  music  as  good   as  I  thought?  But  a  phrase  suddenly  firmly   answers  „yes“.  [...].  Buy  it!   Early  Music  Review     Hic  sunt  leones…Wie  oft  bei  guten  Ein-­‐ spielungen  aus  dem  Bereich  der  Histo-­‐ rischen  Aufführungspraxis  erstaunt  und   begeistert  auch  hier  die  vertraute  Fremd-­‐ heit  des  Klangbildes…einer  hohen  und   beherrschten  Instrumentalkultur,  die   auch  das  Zusammenspiel  des  Ensembles   prägt…eine  gelungene  Einspielung.     klassik.com     Das  Ensemble  Leones  legt  hier  seine  erste   CD  vor,  und  sie  ist  direkt  ein  Volltreffer.     TOCCATA  

     

 

Ensemble  Leones   Ensemble  für  Frühe  Musik  |  Ensemble  for  Early  Music   Künstlerischer  Leiter  |  artistic  director:   Marc  Lewon  

 

 

 

Management   Gabriele  Elisabeth  Lewon   Lörracher  Str.  36a  |  D-­‐79639  Grenzach-­‐Wyhlen   tel:  +49  (0)7624  -­‐  20  90  70  |  e-­‐mail:  gabriele@lewon.de  

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early music Ensemble

 

Leones

 

Ensemble  Leones   The   high-­‐profiled   Ensemble   of   Early   Music   specialists   founded   by   director   Marc  Lewon  is  dedicated  to  presenting  Medieval  and  Renaissance  music.  The   ensemble’s   work   is   characterised   by   performances   that   take   into   account   historical   sources   to   create   subtle   reconstructions   and   stylistically   informed   arrangements,  which  flow  into  their  inspired  interpretations.  The  ensemble’s   signature   features   are   the   search   for   unknown   compositions   and   sources   as   well  as  the  re-­‐introduction  of  rarely-­‐heard  instruments  into  the  performance   practice  of  Early  Music.    

Marc Lewon

With   their   pioneering   work   and   their   reinterpretation   of   familiar   pieces   in   concerts   and   on   CD   productions   (often   in   cooperation   with   Swiss   Radio   SRF),   Leones   set   new   standards:   their   debut   album   “Les   fantaisies   de   Josquin—The   Instrumental   Music   of   Josquin   Desprez”   made   it   straight   to   the   nominations   of   the   International   Classical   Music   Awards   ICMA   2012   and   was   awarded   5   diapasons.  It  includes,  as  a  bonus  track,  the  world  premiere  recording  of  Arvo  Pärt’s  composition  “Sei   gelobt,   du   Baum”.   The   ensemble’s   second   CD   (“Neidhart—A   Minnesinger   and   his   ‘Vale   of   Tears’”),   which   has   already   earned   wide   acclaim   (Pizzicato   ’Supersonic’   and   nominated   for   ICMA   2013),   introduces   a   new   and   fresh   approach   to   the   œuvre   of   the   minnesinger   Neidhart   and   at   the   same   time  sets  the  margin  for  Leones’  repertoires:  on  the  one  hand  13th  century  monophony  (Neidhart)  on   the  other  hand  instrumental  music  from  c1500  (Josquin  Desprez).  The  third  album  of  the  ensemble,   “Colours   in   the   Dark”   with   instrumental   music   by   Alexander   Agricola,   was   published   in   2013   (5   diapasons   and   nominated   for   ICMA   2014)   and   documents   the   ensemble’s   matured   work   on   instrumental  styles  c1500.  With  its  fourth  CD-­‐production  “The  Cosmopolitan—Songs  by  Oswald  von   Wolkenstein”  Leones  continue  their  successful  work  on  German  repertoires  of  the  Middle  Ages.   The   ensemble   has   performed   to   great   success   on   the   stages   of   renowned   festivals   such   as   the   Stockholm   Early   Music   Festival,   the   Heidelberger   Frühling,   and   the   Niedersächsische   Musiktage.   The   musicians   performing   with   Ensembles   Leones   met   at   the   Schola   Cantorum   Basiliensis,   the   famous   Swiss   academy   for   Early   Music,   and   are   well   established   in   the   world   of   concerts,   recordings,   and   broadcasts   and   also   work   with   individual   artists   like   Andreas   Scholl,   Dominique   Vellard   and   Benjamin  Bagby.   www.leones.de | leones on facebook  

     

  ”Bringing  the  music  of  that  period  back  to  life  is  a  major  concern  of  Marc  Lewon,  who  has  made  a   considerable  reputation  for  himself  in  this  sector,  presenting  his  discoveries  on  the  inter-­‐national  circuit  with   outstanding  performers  like  countertenor  Andreas  Scholl.  Lewon  is  a  specialist  in  early  music  and  the   plectrum  lute.  His  international  ensemble  features  leading  musicians  in  this  field,  whose  familiarity  with  the   variegated  and  exciting  musical  styles  […]  make  the  concert  into  an  aural  experience  of  a  very  special  kind.“   Heidelberger  Frühling  2012    

   

 

Ensemble  Leones   Ensemble  für  Frühe  Musik  |  Ensemble  for  Early  Music   Künstlerischer  Leiter  |  artistic  director:   Marc  Lewon  

 

 

 

Management   Gabriele  Elisabeth  Lewon   Lörracher  Str.  36a  |  D-­‐79639  Grenzach-­‐Wyhlen   tel:  +49  (0)7624  -­‐  20  90  70  |  e-­‐mail:  gabriele@lewon.de  

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CHR 77379: The Cosmopolitan Songs by Oswald von Wolkenstein