Amor de Lonh - The Distant Love of the Troubadours
The theme of Distant Love was a major focus for the Provencal Troubador poets of the late twelfth century. It revolved around an idealised, mostly nameless, and frequently unattainable Lady, to whom a poet - musician addressed highly accomplished verses of intense longing. It also came to be expressed through a widespread burgeoning of the adoration of the Virgin Mary, and it has been argued that the Lady of the courtly lover was so close in form and inspiration to the Mother of Christ as to be indistinguishable from her. This disc attempts to explore this juxtaposition of human longing and religious adoration in a context of the earthy music of the dance.
"The skill of the musicians, vocalists and lyricists leave no doubt that this was indeed also an age filled with splendid ability in the art of composition, performance, and an age filled with refinement and culture." -Bjorn Viberg, Amazon.co.uk