A program of late Renaissance and early Baroque music from the Polish courts, almost
all of which has been drawn from the little-known “Polotsk” or “Połocki” manuscript (Jagiellonian Library), dating from the mid 1600s. This collection of music was found in Poland in1962 inside the cover of a missal, dated 1680 and was published in modern notation in1970. Only the melody and bass lines exist to almost all the more then 200 short pieces but Greensleaves has reconstructed, arranged, elaborated, and combined many of them into a program of exciting and lovely repertoire. Included are traditional period pieces such as pavanes, galiards, canzonas, etc., as well as dances and songs with a clearly Polish flavour, at times elegant and touching, and at times rustic, boisterous, and humorous.
Marylin Fung, viola da gamba,
Shannon Purves-Smith, recorders and viols,
Magdalena Tomsinska, lute,
Michael Purves-Smith, recorders, virginal, harpsichord, percussion,
Stephanie Kramer, soprano
Jennifer Enns-Modolo, mezzo-soprano,
Jerzy Bugaj, baritone,
Nathaniel Wiseman, baritone
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