Strings On The Move
April 28, 2020
Hommage à brillance de Lune
June 18, 2020

Hortus Musicus

Gloria in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te,
gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam,
Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.
Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe, Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris,
qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis;
qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram.
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe,
cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

1 Ecce torpet probitas (Carmina Burana) 4:47
2 Kyrie (La Messe de Tournai) 4:16
3 Procurans odium (Carmina Burana) 2:51
4 Nomen a sollempnibus (Carmina Burana) 3:10
5 Gloria (La Messe de Tournai) 8:17
6 In taberna quando sumus (Carmina Burana) 3:24
7 Celum non animum (Carmina Burana) 2:02
8 Sanctus (La Messe de Tournai) 3:19
9 Tempus transit gelidum (Carmina Burana) 3:34
10 Bache bene venies (Carmina Burana) 2:19
11 Agnus Dei (La Messe de Tournai) 1.50
12 Vite perdite me legi (Carmina Burana) 2:21
13 Presens dies (Carmina Burana) 2:56
14 Clauso chronos (Carmina Burana) 3:38
15 Ite missa est I (La Messe de Tournai) 1.34
16 O varium fortune lubricum (Carmina Burana) 2:25
17 Ite missa est II (La Messe de Tournai) 1:34

#6, Carmina Burana, In taberna quando sumus,  fragment, 2 min 34 sec, MP3,  320 Kbps

#16, Carmina Burana, O varium fortune lubricum,  fragment, 1 min 55 sec, MP3,  320 Kbps

Hortus Musicus

Andres Mustonen – violin, artistic director
Anto Õnnis – tenor, percussion
Tõnis Kaumann – baritone, percussion
Riho Ridbeck – bass, percussion
Olev Ainomäe – shawm, schalmei, recorders, crumhorn
Tõnis Kuurme – curtal, rauschpfeiff, recorders, crumhorn
Valter Jürgenson – trombone
Imre Eenma – viola da gamba
Taavo Remmel – double bass
Ivo Sillamaa – organ

Recorded on May 18th–20th, 2020 in Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn

Sound engineer – Siim Mäesalu
Liner notes – Meeta Morozov
Photos – Kaupo Kikkas
Design – Daan Bos
Artistic producer – Peeter Vähi

Special thanks: Tõnis Kaumann, Robert Staak

Released on July 10th, 2020

℗ 2020 Hortus Musicus, Eesti Kontsert
© 2020 Hortus Musicus, ERP (Tallinn)
ERP 11720

The clear distinction and separation of sacred and secular music can be seen as the pursuit of an inaccessible ideal by the medieval church. However, in a practical daily life, the relationship of the spiritual and profane spheres was much more complex and closely intertwined – one influenced the other and vice versa. The borders between the sacred and secular music blurred during the High and Late Middle Ages, when the development of polyphony led to the formation of motets with different texts. In addition to the main voice (cantus firmus) singing Latin sacred text, upper voices were added that could at the same time perform non-religious verses in other languages. Thus a secular motet was born that often had a Gregorian chant in one voice. This somewhat hidden dialogue between the polar worldviews is well illustrated by the selection of the works on the given recording. Significant examples of European musical and literary heritage – Tournai Mass, the oldest surviving polyphonic mass cycle, and the collection of liberal non-religious poetry Carmina Burana – seem to be mutually exclusive, but through the contemporary fresh look these two, at the first sight incompatible, worlds meet. The sacred and the profane, the past and the present come together, creating a new composition in itself that gives canonical works a completely different dimension and meaning.

The documents from the 11th–14th centuries cover geographically different regions of Europe. The manuscript of the Tournai Mass, dated 1325–1330, is from France and is preserved in the oldest Belgium city Tournai in the library of Notre Dame cathedral, where it was firstly discovered and described in 1869 by French musicologist Edmond de Coussemaker. Carmina Burana, the most important source of medieval secular Latin poetry, was also found only at the beginning of the 19th century in the Benedictine monastery in Benediktbeuern after which the manuscript was named (Songs of Beuern). The collection of 254 texts can be called pan-European: according to historians, the songs originate in France, England, Germany, Spain and Scotland.

In the case of both works, the collective creation and anonymity can be seen which are characteristics of medieval music in general. The manuscript of the six-part Tournai Mass which is probably intended to be performed as a whole, contains different mass cycle parts from several unknown authors. Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei are older and more unique than others as their music has not been preserved in any other historical source. The last part Ite missa est that appears in different sources, is the vivid example of the mixing of sacred and secular music. The motet’s lower voice (cantus firmus) sings the text of the mass in long notes, the middle voice (duplum) is a Latin moralizing poem, warning the rich against forgetting the poor, and the upper voice (triplum) performs a love song in the local Tournai dialect.

Carmina Burana is most probably the joint creative act of students and clergy. The collection contains moralizing poems as well as drinking, mocking, joking and love songs with sometimes satirical and in many ways quite filthy content. Some of them have been preserved with melody. Carmina Burana has inspired many artists. The most famous musical setting is made by German composer Carl Orff – most of the people associate the title Carmina Burana with his cantata composed in 1936.
The parts of the Mass and Carmina Burana songs are alternated on this record. Hortus Musicus as the collective is convinced that music is beyond any conventional borders of time or genres. It is a universal language that remains equally understandable to man, whether through music the contact with the divine is sought or the enjoyment of worldly pleasures is expressed.

Hortus Musicus has been musically active for almost half a hundred years and is thus the oldest ensemble in Eastern Europe in its field and also one of the few so long-lived in the world. The collective, initiated in 1972 by Andres Mustonen, the violin student at the Tallinn State Conservatory at this time, has given countless concerts with thrilling programs, performed in most European countries, the USA, South America, Israel (MustonenFest), Japan and Russia, played in the most prestigious early music festivals and recorded about 40 records. Hortus Musicus’ repertoire includes music from the 8th to the 21st century, which speaks about the extremely wide interests and competency of the collective. Borders are crossed in time, geography and genre. In addition to the so-called classical early music, the ensemble’s programs include contemporary music and traditional music from exotic countries. A special feature of Hortus Musicus is the bold and unambiguous approach to the performed music, which gives a vivid and fresh interpretation of the sounding works and creates a bridge between the distant history and the modern listener.


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Distribution in Estonia by Easy-Living Music,

Other recordings of Hortus Musicus: canto:)Hommage a brillaces de Lune, Gregorianische Choräle − Plainchants, Maypole, 1200–1600 Medieval-Renaissance, Vuestros Amores He Señora, Telemann. Quartets,  Ave, 2000 Years After the Birth of ChristEarly Music of 3rd Millennium, Jerusalem