Regina Kabis / Ensemble A Chantar

Amor Vincit Omnia

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"Amor vincit omnia," love conquers all, was a scrap of classical poetry that has come down to the present day and might be taken as a motto for medieval-era secular song. That's how the Ensemble a Chantar, lutenist Marc Lewon, and soprano Regina Kabis see it. They present a collection of medieval love songs from various countries, emphasizing the connections between them: the language and especially the modes of expression, with both male composers and the genre's sole surviving female trobairitz writing songs from the female perspective in addition to the more conventional and at least subliminally religious courtly love imagery of the knight pining way for an unattainable love object. There isn't anything groundbreaking about this release as compared with the numerous other collections of medieval songs, most of which are love songs, but the way it's put together the program makes dramatic sense. The dramatic effect is heightened by Kabis' full-blooded singing, almost operatic on Oswald von Wolkenstein's Kreuslich geboren (track 16) and by the vigorous instrumental accompaniment and dance rhythms in the instrumental pieces, provided by percussionist Murat Coskun. All this works very well; there's nothing medieval-fair-ish about this performance at all. The only thing preventing this release from being a perfect introduction to medieval song for general anglophone listeners is the booklet, which provides texts only in German and the original language, where that is not German already.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 05:48 Amazon
Stampida Codaxa
2 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 01:41 Amazon
Cantigas d'Amigo
3 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 04:04 Amazon
Stampida Codaxa
4 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 01:12 Amazon
Cantigas d'Amigo
5 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 02:27 Amazon
Stampida Codaxa
6 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 01:21 Amazon
Cantigas d'Amigo
7 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 02:38 Amazon
Stampida Codaxa
8 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 01:23 Amazon
Cantigas d'Amigo
9 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 02:48 Amazon
Stampida Codaxa
10 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 01:03 Amazon
Cantigas d'Amigo
11 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 03:22 Amazon
Stampida Codaxa
12 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 01:00 Amazon
Cantigas d'Amigo
13 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 03:11 Amazon
Stampida Codaxa
14 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 01:08 Amazon
Cantigas d'Amigo
15 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 01:24 Amazon
16 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 08:23 Amazon
17 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 03:13 Amazon
18 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 04:45 Amazon
19 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 06:05 Amazon
20 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 03:33 Amazon
21 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 03:48 Amazon
22 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 03:22 Amazon
23 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 03:35 Amazon
24 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 04:42 Amazon
25 Ensemble A Chantar / Regina Kabis 02:19 Amazon
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