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Medieval Mayhem – Hilarious Parodies of German Courtly Love Songs Recorded for Naxos

May 31, 2010

From 6–9 April 2010 in the Heilig-Kreuz Kirche, Binningen, Ensemble Leones: Els Janssens-Vanmunster (vocals), Baptiste Romain (vielle, bagpipes), Marc Lewon (lute, vielle, voice & director) recorded 6 Neidhart-Songs from the fragmentary Frankfurt-Source (c1300)—arguably the earliest source transmitting minnesang melodies—with additional music: 1 song by Walther von der Vogelweide and 1 song by Der tugendhafte Schreiber, 5 instrumental pieces (all music dating from the 13th century) for release on Naxos 8.572449. Marc Lewon provides some background to this fascinating album of Medieval music.

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