6 Dec 2022


Amazing. Those Studio der frühen Musik LPs are easily up there with my favorite music ever recorded. Record sounds great. -Visible Cloaks

''But the genres change. Now I go and buy troubadour and minstrel medieval music; nobody cares, it’s everywhere. Maybe it’ll also be hip one day and people will say “damn, how did you find Studio der Frühen Musik!”'' -aaron levin

''Incredible medieval transe music from Thomas Binkley's Studio Der Frühen Musik. Some of the Studio der Frühen Musik recordings are as psychedelic as any lsd-dropping texan wastoid of the '60s'' -aaron levin

Spotlight on the early music works of Studio Der Frühen Musik. Heavenly interpretations of centuries old works, beautifully recorded & curated for modern times with stunning art and liner notes.

'Studio der Frühen Musik (Early Music Ensemble) was an early music group active from 1960–1980 and based in Munich. The leader of the group was Thomas Binkley, and the activity of the group coincided with the years he was teaching at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Core members of the group were Binkley (lute), Sterling Jones (vielle), and Andrea von Ramm (mezzo-soprano, rebec, hurdy-gurdy and harp), who had previously organised an earlier Studio der Frühen Musik in Cologne. To these three members were added a male singer; first the tenors Nigel Rogers 1960-1964, then Willard Cobb 1964-1970, and Richard Levitt (counter-tenor) 1970-1979. The activity of the group ceased when Binkley returned to America to found the Early Music Institute at Bloomington, Indiana in 1979.'

'Planctus means lament, the expression of grief and sorrow, regret or sadness. Planctus, in medieval times was this expression in song. The origin and history of planctus is long and intertwined with the history of the lai and the sequence, Some planctus, such as those of Peter Abelard (cf 1C 063-30 123) are written on Biblical themes and are of great length. The use of the Latin language separates them from the vernacular lai. They are called planctus because the text presents a tragic situation. A planctus may be an allegory (Planctus Cigne in the present recording) in which calamity is inferred. Many planctus are more personal than these, being monuments on the death of real people, usually people in the political arena. These planctus, being of a later date, may be in the vernacular and may employ ordinary song structures (Ples de tristor, Fortz chausa in the present recording). The structural difference between these types is clearly seen in a comparison of Planctus Cigne with the later vernacular planctus. Planctus Cigne employs the principal of the lai, in which sections of differing length (puncta) are sung one or more times, always with new text, never to recur having once been dropped. Ples de tristor, onthe other hand, is a strophic song concluding with a tornada, a repeat of the last portion of the melody. The Latin planctus from Las Huelgas may be viewed as strophlc songs with but a single strophe.'

Studio Der Frühen Musik – Planctus

Studio der fruhen Musik : Andrea von Ramm & Richard Levitt, singers / Sterling Jones, rabel morisco, lyra & vielle / Thomas Binkley, lute, chitarra

Label: EMI Classics – 8 26497 2
Series: Reflexe
Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: Germany
Released: 1976 / 2000
Genre: Classical
Style: Medieval

1. Planctus Cigne 6:31
2. 4 Planctus Aus Las Huelgas 18:55
3. Ples De Tristor 12:33
4. Fortz Chausa Es Que Tot Lo Major Dan 8:19
5. Tristor Et Cuncti Tristantur 4:24

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Directed By, Lute, Guitar [Chitarra Saracenica] – Thomas Binkley
Ensemble – Studio Der Frühen Musik