Vox dilecti mei – Renaissance songs of love
This recording by The Moderna Consort has only just come my way, but is well worth a belated review. I first heard soprano when ensemble savādi won the 2003 Early Music Network International Young Artists’ Competition. She was singing with soprano Kristine Jaunalksne and harpist Marie Bournisien. I was struck then by the purity and clarity of her voice, and that of Kristine Jaunalksne. This CD was recorded in 2012 by Radio SRF 2 and released in 2013. It documents a recital programme that combined contemporary music by the Swiss composer with Renaissance music from the likes of Josquin, Brumel, Isaac, Senfl, di Lasso, and Palestrina, all inspired by the curious Biblical Song of Songs, the collection of obviously erotic texts that religious commentators over the centuries have struggled to imbue with any spiritual and religious meaning.
As with their concert performances, the music flows from piece to piece, notably with the subtle segues between the ancient and modern pieces.
for the The overall effect of the delightful sound of the soprano voices, four Renaissance traversos, and lute, in various combinations, is absolutely magical. Both singers seem to blend seamlessly with the sound of the flutes. There are a number of lute solos, playing sensitively by René Genis.
Although it is not mentioned in the CD notes, the transverse flutes used by The Moderna Consort are made by Boaz Berney, one of the players in the Consort. I spotted the CD on his instrument display at an early music exhibition, so he deserves a mention. His website acknowledges that The Moderna Consort is a help in experimenting with the music and the instruments.