Choir of Angels

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paintings in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500
DVD Art Gallery plus Music CD

Featuring Early Music New York - Frederick Renz, Director

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Choir of Angels

Some of the most celebrated Renaissance and Gothic masters of their day created illuminations for the choir books, Psalters, and antiphonaries used in churches and monastaries across Italy. Springing from a unique, artful marriage of painting, text and music, these miniature images glow with rich, jewel-like colors and shine with gold.

Bring the museum experience home with this widescreen DVD, which features more than forty images from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's superb collection of Italian Renaissance paintings and cuttings from choral manuscripts.

Period music performed by world-famous Early Music New York accompanies the almost 60-minute gallery tour of illuminations, and notes by curators from the Metropolitan Museum provide illumination of their own, offering insights into the lives and faith of medieval religious communities while describing the paintings and their subjects.

The medieval music heard on the DVD is also featured on a separate 60-minute CD. Selections include chants, motets, and laudes, whose unexpected tonalities have abiding appeal today.

PLAY LIST (click a selection for a 30 sec mp3 preview)

- from "Music of Medieval Love"

1.Verbum patris hodie...Benedicamus DominoLas Huelgas Codex, 13th century

2.Da castitatis thalamumLas Huelgas

3.Nonne sui/AptaturBamberg Codex, 13th Century

4.Quant voi la flourete/Je sui joliete/AptaturBamberg

5.Ave, plena gracie/Salve, virgo regia/AptaturBamberg

- from "A Medieval Christmas"

6.Laude novellaItalian, anonymous, late 13-14th centuries

7."Nota"English, anonymous, late 13th-14th centuries

8.Angelus ad virginemEnglish, anonymous, late 13th-14th centuries

9.In natali summi RegisNotre Dame School, c. 1200

10."Minnesang"Niedhart von Reuenthal, c. 1190-c. 1240

11.Polorum reginaCatalonian, Llibre Vermell, 14th century

12.Nicholai presulisNotre Dame School, c. 1200

13."Saltarello"Italian, anonymous, late 13-14th centuries

- from "Music of Medieval Love"

14.Antiphons to St. UrsulaHildegard von Bingen, 1098-1179
     O rubor sanguinis, Studium divinitatis, Unde quocumque, De patria,
     Deus enim, Aer enim, Et ideo, Deus enim rorem, Sed diabolus

- from "A Bohemian Christmas"

15.AlleluiaMikolaj Radomski, fl. 1420-30

16.Ave regina caelorumCodex Specialnik, before 1500

17.Magnificat anima mea DominumRadomski

18.Flosculum amenitatisCodex Specialnik

19.Breve regnumPolish, early 15th century

20.Angelus ad virginem missusPolish, 15th century

21.Nobis est natus hodieCodex Specialnik

22.Ortus de PoloniaPolish, 13th century

23.Gaude, mater PoloniaPolish, 13th century

- from "Music of Medieval Love"

24.Ave maris stella(plainchant hymn)
     Ave beatissima civitas/Ave maria/Ave maris stellaClayette Codex

25.Beata viscera(plainchant communion)
     Partus fuit virginalis/Beata viscera Marie/Beata visceraBamberg

26.Alma redemptoris mater(plainchant antiphon)
     Gaude super omnia/Descendi in ortum/Alma redemptoris materBamberg