Vox Nostra is a vocal ensemble based in Berlin, Germany, founded in 1999 by
Burkard Wehner and specialized in the performance of medieval music. The main
focus of the group is the interpretation of the earliest surviving compositions
from the cultural centers of Europe. Sung from manuscripts originating in
monasteries, cathedrals, and courts, the music of Vox Nostra is an acoustical
insight into the archaic sound world of the Middle Ages.
The practice of singing from copies of the original manuscripts, which is a
special feature of the Ensemble, has quite specific consequences for the
interpretation of the music. The old forms of notation - such as the neumatic
notation of the chorale, the modal notation of the Notre-Dame organa, and
mensural notation - employ a great number of symbols indicating that melodic
ornamentation is to take place. In order to give this feature the emphasis it
deserves, Vox Nostra favors a slow, flowing style of performance in an
appropriately restrained tempo. The vocal sound which results is rich in
overtones, and fills the entire room; it allows the archaic and pure intervals
of this music to be fully appreciated, and ensures that the complex weaving of
the individual voices is clearly audible. In addition to the original
manuscripts, treatises on music from the 13th-16th centuries also provide
information regarding tempo, ornamentation and the practice of solo performance
of the chants.
The members of Vox Nostra have sung with the most esteemed medieval and vocal
ensembles in Europe, as well as pursued extensive scholarship in the fields of
musicology, medieval paleography, and theology.
The music of Vox Nostra combines
expressive musicality and academic curiosity. The repertoire ranges from
Gregorian chant to Italian lauds, from early polyphonic compositions from St.
Martial (Aquitaine) and Notre-Dame (Paris) to the richly polyphonic compositions
of the Renaissance.
In addition to early music, Vox Nostra sings contemporary
music, experimenting with vocal color and micro-intervals.
Vox Nostra are:
Burkard Wehner - artistic director
You can find out more about Vox Nostra on their website.
"They sang with great expression, richly ornamenting the song with
micro-intervals, and maintaining a uniform vocal color, despite the
individuality of the different voices... The artistic potential of the group is
immense, only five singers conjured an entire panorama of the spiritual epoch of
(Artur Bielecki: Music Magazine Ruch Muzyczny Nr. 10 / 2009,
크레이지슬롯 사이트Assumpta est Maria
크레이지슬롯 사이트Vocal music of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris in the year 1200