BRQ | Vantaa Festival

Friend songs

TUESDAY 10.8.2021 20:30 - 21:30
Tikkurila Church Reittiopas
Amor Céu

Aino Peltomaa, voice, medieval harp, percussions, artistic direction
Anna-Maaria Oramo, voice, clavisimbalum
Corina Marti, recorder, organetto
Eira Karlson, voice, fiddle

Guest: Gonçalo Cruz, bagpipe



Music of the Middle Ages has often been preserved in beautiful manuscripts that were both slow and expensive to produce. Among the best-known are the 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria ascribed to Alfonso X “The Wise”, King of Castile and León. The role of this enlightened sovereign who encouraged cultural exchange between Christians, Jews and Muslims is not known for certain, but Cantigas d’Amigo, “Friend Songs” consisting of 500 poems were also collected alongside the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Amor Céu have compiled a programme from both collections, placing the troubadour Martin Codax in the leading role in seven Cantigas d’Amigo. His songs are secular, often love poems, and the narrator is most often a woman. The Finnish-Spanish ensemble Amor Céu crystallises its concert in Mia irmana fremosa – “Oh sister, come with me to the sea”.

Quantas sabedes amare amigo – Martin Codax          
Rosa das rosas – Cantigas de Santa Maria                 
De Santa María sinal qual xe quér – Cantigas de Santa Maria

Ai Deus se sab óra meu amigo Martin Codax
Santa María léva – Cantigas de Santa Maria
Da que Déus mamou o leite do séu peito – Cantigas de Santa Maria
Como somos per conssello do démo perdudos – Cantigas de Santa Maria

Plus bele que flor/Quant revient/L'autrier joer/Flos filius eius – Codex Montpellier                     
Ondas do mare de Vigo – Martin Codax
Santa María, strela do día – Cantigas de Santa Maria
Mandad´ei comigo – Martin Codax
O Maria – Codex Montpellier 

Amours et ma dame et aussi ­­­– Adam de la Halle
Muit' é ben-aventurado e en bon ponto naceu ­– Cantigas de Santa Maria
Ai ondas que eu vim veer – Martin Codax
Par Déus, muit' há gran vertude na paravla comũal – Cantigas de Santa Maria
Mia irmana fremosa – Martin Codax
Los sept goxts - Llibe Vermell de Montserrat

Tickets: €20
Concession tickets: €10

Photo: Jari Flink
Photo: Jari Flink

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