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Bal Renesansowy - A Renaissance Ball Performed By The Orchestra Of The Golden Age
Bal Renesansowy - A Renaissance Ball Performed By The Orchestra Of The Golden Age

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Dance Music Of  The Golden Age constitutes one of the most extensive and attractive parts of the musical heritage of that period.  Hundreds of Polish dances are included not only in Polish collections but also those originating in Germany, Sweden, Hungary and Slovakia.  Music, then as today, was an inseparable part of society balls and all kinds of occasions and functions.  Dance reflected the character of the people, their temperament, and social and national background.  A colorful pageant in itself, it acted like a mirror to those directly participating in it and the onlookers.  This CD aims to give a musical idea of the dances from the heyday of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque.  The oldest ones (which begin the disc) date from the Renaissance and are taken from the organ tablature of Jan of Lublin.  They include a pavan (the most popular dance of the town), a galliard, a passamezzo, and a ballo, with charmingly Polonized names or without title.  They are of supranational character and their ancestry may be traced to Italy, the homeland of the European Renaissance dance. It is most likely that such dances were popular at Wawel Castle in Krakow, during the reigns of Sigismund the Old (and his Italian wife Queen Bona Sforza) and Sigismund II Augustus as well as at the Warsaw court of the last Mazovian dukes.

The Orchestra Of The Golden Age was founded by Jacek Urbaniak in 2000.  It brings together musicians associated with various early music ensembles - Ars Nova, Trombastic, Dekameron and Canor Anticus.  The soloists are Margorzata Feldgebel, who specializes in playing the fiddle.  Marcin Zalewski, the outstanding lutenist and gamba player.  Piotr Wawreniuk, principal trombone with the National Opera in Warsaw, and Miroslaw Feldgebel, pianist and harpist.  The Orchestra continues the tradition of old royal and magnates' ensembles which were active in Warsaw at the turn of the 16th century, shortly after the country's capital was transferred from Krakow to Warsaw.
The Orchestra Of The Golden Age gave its first concerts in Torun and the Royal Lazienki Park in Warsaw.  its repertoire includes a wide range of dances popular in Europe of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.  A Renaissance Ball is the orchestra's recording debut.


Czayner thancz (Tabulatura Jana z Lublina, ca 1548)  
1 Cenar (Czayner thancz)  1:53
Taniec (Tabulatura Jana z Lublina, ca 1548)  
2 Taniec  1:44
Pawana (Tabulatura Jana z Lublina, ca 1548)  
3 Pawana  2:45
Alia poznanie (Tabulatura Jana z Lublina, ca 1548)  
4 Alia...  1:38

Jeszcze Marcinie (Tabulatura Jana z Lublina, ca 1548)  
5 Jeszcze Marcinie  2:46

Poznanie (Tabulatura Jana z Lublina, ca 1548)  
6 Poznanie  2:31
Valentin Haussmann
7 Polnischer Tanz  2:16
8 Polnischer Tanz  1:54
9 Polnischer Tanz  3:12

Valentin Haussmann, Wojciech Długoraj
Tance Polskie  
10 Vilanella Polonica  1:47
11 Cantio Polonica  2:18

Wojciech Długoraj
4 tance: Eiusdem nationis, Cenar, Chora polonica, Hajducki  
12 4 tance: Eiusdem nationis, Cenar, Chorea polonica, Hajducki  2:17

Tance ludowe z Rekopisu Polockiego (pol. XVII w.)  
13 Witany  2:35
14 Goniony  1:28
15 Pagamoszka (Bergamaska)  3:46
16 Czapkowy  1:44
17 Taniec  1:58
18 Mieniony  1:18
19 Wychodzony  2:23

Tance ludowe z Vietoris Codex (pol. XVII w.)  
20 Taniec woloski  3:13
21 Taniec z kapeluszem  1:40
22 Ej pojde..  2:20

Cornelius Schuyt
Pawana i galliarda I, II, III  
23 Pawana i Galiarda I  4:39
24 Pawana i Galiarda II  4:43
Tomas Aberg
Koncert a-moll: cz. I  
25 Pawana i Galiarda III
  • Compact Disc
  • Polish - English Booklet Enclosed
  • 25 Selections
  • Total time: 63:25

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