Crosswork  /  Via Artis Konsort

Early World Music
Parla Son



1. Missus Gabriel de Celis   [2:37]
A Danish sequence from the XII century, attributed to the bishop in Lund, Andreas Sunesön.
harp AMHM, citole EL, viol MR, organetto PUPS, recorder MEL

2. Gaude Maria   [2:16]
soprano ACWI, citole EL, viol MR

3. Sang til Jomfru Maria   [5:00]
Danish Medieval ballad from the early 15th century.
soprano ACWI, harp AMHM, citole · dulcimer EL, viol MR, organetto PUPS, percussion MEL

4. Taksim pipe   [1:21]
pipe PUPS

5. Den signade dag   [6:03]
soprano ACWI, harp AMHM, dulcimer EL, viol MR, organetto · pipe & tabor · rabab PUPS

6. Taksim rubab   [1:41]
rubab EL

7. Nu alrest   [5:37]
8. Estampitte Irrealis   [+ Nu alrest]   [5:24]
soprano ACWI, harp AMHM, rubab EL, viol MR, organetto PUPS, percussion MEL

9. Taksim organetto   [0:53]
organetto PUPS

10. Du livsens bröd   [2:25]
A Swedish folkkoral, a popular hymn.
soprano ACWI, harp AMHM, viol MR
11. Intermezzo   [+ Du livsens bröd]   [4:24]
The instrumental intermezzo is inspired by another Scandinavian medieval hymn, Maria gennem torne går.
harp AMHM, rubab EL, viol MR, organetto · pipe PUPS, percussion MEL [+ soprano ACWI]

12. Benedicamus trope  [4:04]   cc 98
soprano ACWI, recorder MEL

13. Den lyse dag  [8:12]
soprano ACWI, harp AMHM, citole · bağlama · rubab EL, viol MR, organetto PUPS, percussion JS

[bonus tracks]

14. Taksim pandero   [0:50]

15. Sangilio  [9:23]

Via Artis Konsort

Ann-Christine Wesser Ingels — soprano
Anne Marie Høst Mortensen — harp
Efrén López, citole, rabab, bağlama — dulcimer
Miriam Encinas Laffitte — percussion, recorder
Mogens Rasmussen — viol
Poul Udbye Pock-Steen — organetto, pipe & tabor

(Joanna Stroz, percussion, #13)

Crosswork is a natural continuation of the first Via Artis Konsort CD project Via Stellae [parla08001], a critically acclaimed album which pretended to bring the listener on a musical journey along the ancient European pilgrimage roads.
Crosswork continues the pilgrim tracking by following musical trails from different world cultures which in Medieval times left a great influence on European music. This way the album Crosswork presents music, mostly inedited, from sources found in areas as diverse as Scandinavia, The Osmanic Empire, Spain and the Celtic region in the British Isles.
If that sounds to you as “music blending”, or a kind of “early world music”, you’re definitely not wrong. The term “World Music” may be coined in recent times, but the concept of borrowing musical inspiration from other cultures is far from modern. The ensemble Via Artis Konsort therefore makes use of a musical practice which has been around since Medieval times, and probably even further back.

The CD version contains 15 uniquely arranged tracks (13 + 2 bonus tracks) from the later Medieval period, the majority of which are not found on any other recording.