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Discography

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The Easter Play from Hellum

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The 'Hellum Easter play’ has been narrated in a 12th century manuscript, unique to the Netherlands, of a missal that was in use in the St. Walfridus church of Hellum in Groningen. The manuscript is kept in the Catharijneconvent in Utrecht (BMH h 7, ca 1200, f.45)

The first performance of this play by Super Librum took place on April 16, 2001, during the opening of the 'Hell and Heaven' exhibition in the Groninger Museum. It is a beautiful, simple Easter play. It was performed again on 21 April 2017 in the medieval church of Aduard. Next planned performances are in the churches of Hellum (NL) and Rhede (D), april 2021.

The Easter Play is performed in this recording by four female singers and an alto, led by Nancy Mayer. Antiphons, responsoria, the play itself and the Te Deum are accompanied by Jankees Braaksma on a medieval organ that was built by Winold van der Putten.

Listen: Het Hellums Paasspel

Klinkende Klei 

Klinkende Klei

In 1476, Roelof Huesman, from Baflo in Groningen, wrote in a letter to a friend: 'I currently live in Ferrara and am employed by the duke. My old passion for the organ play keeps me alive. My fee is five gold pieces and the sixth is coming. " There is pride in those words. And with good reason: the duke mentioned is none other than Ercole I d'Este, one of the most powerful rulers of the Italian Renaissance.

In the same year, this Roelof - he is then 31 years old - has the honor of opening the academic year of the University of Ferrara. He does this under the name of Rudolphus Agricola, the name with which he has already gained considerable fame among all the scientists of his time.

How is it possible that a man pulled out of Groningen clay made it that far in that distant Italy? How could a swampy environment like Groningen and the surrounding area produce such a genius? This book makes clear that the northern regions also had a thriving cultural life in the days of Roelof Huesman, that there were frequent contacts with developed people elsewhere and that there had been more elaborate music for centuries than we would have thought possible.

Klinkende Klei tells about all this. On the accompanying CD the Super Librum ensemble shows how this music may have ever sounded.

 

Rosas 

RosasUntil recently 'the medieval organ' existed only as a picture. There's a very important reason that the manner in which this organ was played was a riddle: there is little or nothing left of medieval musical notation that seems to refer to 'organ music'.  

Now that the first successful playable reconstruction of a medieval organ has been made, we can try to rediscover the missing links in the earliest organ tradition. The improvisations played on this CD by Jankees Braaksma are a first step in this direction.

'This CD is important for early music lovers, but also for organ connaisseurs who are looking for the roots of their instrument. The medieval organ mixes beautifully with the bright voice of Marian van der Heide.' (Tijdschrift voor Oude Muziek, May 2002).

Listen: Rosas das rosas e Fror das frores - Cantiga 10, Alfonso X "el Sabio" 1221-1284

Still 25 CD's available

 

Troubadour and Jongleur Music from Occitania (12th century)

Troubadour en Jongleur

Performed by: Consuelo Sañudo (mezzo), Jankees Braaksma (recorder, organetto), Ronald Moelker (recorder, percussion), Yahia Boukhris (tbilet)

For an explanation of the sudden rise of the lyrical poetry of the troubadours at the beginning of the 12th century we have to rely on much guesswork and many conjectures: about the flourishing of the economy in the South of present-day France, in Northern Italy and Northern Spain, about contacts with Arab culture. The language of the troubadours, the langue d'oc, was a roman language with elements deriving from Vulgar Latin, Spanish, French and Arabic. The main theme of the lyrical poetry of the troubadours was the 'fin amors', usually translated as courtly love. Its focal point was the longing for the absent, virtually unattainable beloved.

The performers are professional musicians: the jongleurs. Usually they sing what the troubadours composed. Because oral tradition formed the basis for the music of the jongleurs, no instrumental music from this period has been handed down in writing. The instrumental music on this recording has been improvised and composed in the style of the troubadours.

Listen: Be m'an perdut lai enves - Bernart de Ventadorn 1120-1195

Still 25 CD's available

 

Intabulation and improvisation in the 14th century

Intabulation and improvisation in the 14th centuryThe very first CD of Super Librum (1988). The CD presents highlights of intabulated songs from Machaut and Jacopo da Bologna, among others. The recording is an example of this art, virtuosely performed by Ronald Moelker (recorder and organetto), Jankees Braaksma (recorder and organetto), and last but not least the  wonderful voice of: Lena Susanne Norin - alto
'Deliciously performed, a signal recording debut' (Grammophone, 1988)

In this combination Super Librum was finalist of the Musica Antiqua Concours in Brugges (1987)

Listen: De toutes flours - Guillaume de Machaut 1300-1377

All details about the recording you can find here. The CD is sold out. On special request we can send you the recording on mp3