Treasures of Devotion: European Spiritual Song c.1500 | Music and Arts MACD1296

Treasures of Devotion: European Spiritual Song c.1500


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Label: Music and Arts

Cat No: MACD1296

Barcode: 0017685129629

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th June 2019



Few things small enough to fit in the palm of the hand can inspire wonder about the limitless potential of human creativity. A collection of early Renaissance devotional objects elegantly precise boxwood carvings of miniature rosaries, prayer beads and altarpieces, on display as part of a major international exhibition served as the direct inspiration for this musical programme.

These objects draw viewers into a private and intimate world of meditation; religious scenes carved with precision and poetry evoke a bygone world of intense spiritual devotion sometimes tormented, sometimes luminous, but always fascinating.

The music in this programme is designed to elicit similar sensations in listeners. Originating in northern European circles, contemporary with those who produced these boxwood carvings, these spiritual pieces are not intended for grand cathedrals or public ceremony, but for personal meditation, private chapels and rooms, family houses and assemblies. Like the beads and rosaries, their craftsmanship is precise, superb; rich in subtle details, they lead us to wonder, and to contemplation.

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