The Evidence: El Arte Medieval de la Péñola
José Luis Pastor
Lindoro NL3028. 56’47
Cantigas de Santa María 2, 179, 322, 353, 384, 393; Llibre Vermell de Monserrat: Stella splendens, Inperayritz de la Cuitat Ioyosa, Polorum Regina; Machaut: De toutes flours, Douce dame jolie; Danza inglesa, El Lamento de Tristano, La Rotta, La VII Estampida Real, Saltarello, Trotto, Estampida Ghaetta.
Medieval music is a bit of a journey into the unknown, with many questions about the nature of the surviving music and many doubts about how, and on what instrument, the music was played. Iconography gives some clues as to the instrumental forces adopted, but much is left to interpretation – and dispute. On this CD (‘The Medieval Art of the Plectrum’), José Luis Pastor leads us through a comprehensive survey of music for plectrum (la Péñola) instruments from the 13th and 14th centuries, playing a 13th century Spanish lute, Vihuela de péñola, Cítola, Çinfonía de Trastes (organistrum), a 14th century Italian lute, and a Ghiterne (medieval guitar). You will need to read the CD notes carefully to follow what is being played on what, as the various instruments are not grouped together: track 1 to 3, for example, feature the Vihuela de péñola, Spanish lute, and a Cítola respectively.
Several of the pieces will be well known to lovers of medieval music, Continue reading