Bart Vanlaere narrator Andreas Scholl countertenor Shield of Harmony Crawford Young lute Kathleen Dineen voice / harp Margit Uebelacker dulce melos Marc Lewon vielle / lute / chekker
Few composers whose music has graced the Barbican stage can have boasted quite such a colourful existence as the medieval poet and sometime diplomat Oswald von Wolkenstein. Having grown up in a Tyrolean castle, in a world recently ripped apart by the Black Death and immersed in religious and territorial conflict, Wolkenstein became something of a wandering knight with a complicated private life. If his travels greatly embellished the subject matter of his works they also enriched the musical form, as he incorporated French songs into the German style.
A singer of warm humanity, Andreas Scholl's creamy and communicative countertenor voice has greatly endeared him to critics and public alike. Tonight's programme, the result of new research into von Wolkenstein, will feature previously unrecorded songs and instrumental arrangements.
‘Scholl's technical excellence, his musicianship and the sheer beauty of that voice are virtually unmatched.’ The Independent