Courtly poetry of the 13th century
A simple splendor lies on the courtly poetry of the 13th century. In these songs, personalities speak across centuries, fascinatingly tangible and contrasting.
Mr. Walther is questioning a stalk,
a poet turns the world upside down,
Rural dance class with Neidhart,
News from Eschenbach,
Tannhäuser grins to himself
and King Alfonso hoards Marian hymns….
The character of this music is as multi-layered as its former purpose: musing, tartly cheerful, minnish, oriental-foreign, graceful to dance-like.
The claim to record all pieces live resulted in a very natural reinterpretation of probably the earliest self-testimonies of occidental identity.