Wizlavs viser: The Songs and Poems of the Minnesinger Wizlav | Simax PPC9078

Wizlavs viser: The Songs and Poems of the Minnesinger Wizlav


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Label: Simax

Cat No: PPC9078

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd November 2018



For his new album for Simax, the Norwegian master of medieval music instruments, Sverre Jensen, arranged 17 pieces by Wizlav and recorded them together with his ensemble, Aurora Borealis. Jensen also reconstructed and built all the string instruments played on the recording.

The melodies on the album, together with their accompanying lyrics, were written by the minnesinger (a German lyric poet and singer of the 12th to 14th centuries) Wizlav the Younger and which may be found in the unique Jena song manuscript from around 1320. Wizlav the Younger is believed to have been Wizlav III, Prince of Rugen (1265/8 - 1325), the eldest brother of Euphemia, who married Hakon Magnusson in 1299. It is not inconceivable that Wizlav was engaged to entertain at the Norwegian court during the reign of King Hakon and Queen Euphemia.

In addition to Sverre Jensen playing plucked instruments and hurdy-gurdy, the members of Aurora Borealis are Oyonn Groven Myhren (vocals), Anne Hytta (bowed instruments) and Tomas Nilsson (percussion and hammered dulcimer). Most of the musicians have roots in the Norwegian folk music tradition, as can be seen in their presentation of the Wizlav material.

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