The Cosmopolitan: Songs by Oswald von Wolkenstein | Christophorus CHR77379

The Cosmopolitan: Songs by Oswald von Wolkenstein


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Label: Christophorus

Cat No: CHR77379

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 5th May 2014



Oswald von Wolkenstein: politician, diplomat, castle owner, Knight of the Realm and bon vivant... these were his 'main professions' that took him to nearly all regions of the world known during his time.

From no other poet-composer of the Middle Ages has such a multi-faceted repertoire been handed down. He created popular songs and simple, monophonic narrative songs as well as complex polyphony. Almost everything that was in vogue during his time can be found in his personal manuscripts.

For this CD, Marc Lewon has compiled a programme with his Ensemble Leones that does justice to Oswald's versatility as poet and musician. Alongside rarely heard pieces, they present a series of first recordings ranging from multilingual 'macaronic' Lieder and travel descriptions to true musical gems.

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